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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

Kellingley and Thoresby could remain 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. But the Government need to act now! 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

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