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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

Labour Leadership
The National Executive of the NUM have opted to support Yvette Cooper for Leader and Tom Watson for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. The positives and negatives of all the candidates were openly discussed and at the end of the day a decision has to be made that will not suit all but never the less

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Unions Under Attack
This despicable Trade Union Bill must be opposed by all who value freedom The Tories’ Trade Union Bill is illegal, illiterate and illiberal. Illegal because it breaches the UK’s international legal obligations. Illiterate because it is incoherent, inconsistent, bureaucratic and nonsen

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Blowing In The Wind
Now why did the government announce an end to onshore wind subsidies? In the immortal words of the great Bob Dylan "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" and with energy bills continuing to soar Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on ending subsidies for onshore

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Coal Not Dole
  Thoresby Colliery 10 July 2010 After 90 years Thoresby Colliery ceases coal production which is a sad day for coal mining in the UK. The lack of government interest in preserving our coal mines as a strategic source of energy means that there is only one industrial size colliery left and

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