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DAVY GUY

It is with sadness that I have to report that Davy Guy, President of the Durham Miners Assocation of the North East Area of the NUM, passed away last night at the age of 66 after a long battle against cancer.


Davy Guy commanded the utmost respect of the NUM membership due to his commitment to fight on behalf of the miners, their families and communities over the many years he has been actively involved in the NUM.


The NUM wishes to express its condolences to his widow Christine and his family.


Funeral arrangements will be posted when known.


News

Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained open into 2018?

In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.

"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."

The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf

Hillsborough
The National Executive Committee at its meeting 27 April 2016 unanimously agreed:The National Union of Mineworkers pays tribute to the strength and courage of the families and friends of those affected by what is known as the 'Hillsborough Disaster'. The decisions reached by a jury at the Hillsborou

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Lights Out Warning
Another warning that our electricity supply is facing such a crisis that the lights could go out during the next winter has been announced this time by the Industrial Communities Alliance. The briefing can be read here:  http://194.216.0.18/uploads/26/1263.pdf

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Council Supports Miners
YORKSHIRE MINERS WIN CASE
The Newcastle Employment Tribunal sitting in North Shields 30 March 2016 heard the NUM Yorkshire Area case for a Protective Award in relation to miners who lost their jobs with the closure of Hatfield Colliery in 2015 and decided that a Protective Award should be given. The case started in York

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