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2008-10-08 00:00:30

Thousands of job losses were on the cards on October 13, 1992, after the Government announced plans to close a third of Britain's deep coal mines, with the loss of 31,000 jobs. President of the Board of Trade Michael Heseltine said 31 out of 50 remaining deep mines faced closure. He promised an extra pounds1bn from the Treasury to meet the cost of redundancies and help the mining communities. Miners' union leader Arthur Scargill urged miners to fight, calling the lay-offs a...

2008-09-29 18:00:31

A CENTRE celebrating the North East's mining history has officially opened. Thirteen years after the closure of Durham Coalfield's last working mine, Wearmouth Colliery, the North East England Mining Archive and Research Centre (Neemarc) was launched on the same site. The day-long event on Saturday featured talks and displays at Sunderland Football Club's Stadium of Light, which was built on the former colliery site. Centre chairman, Dr Stuart Howard, said: "For more than 400 years...

2008-09-27 00:00:29

At mining's peak, Derbyshire's 40 plus pits employed more than 40,000 people, many of them risking their lives daily as they toiled underground. In one instance, in May 1938, an explosion killed 79 men and injured 40 at Markham pit. A fire at Creswell in 1950 killed 80, while a mechanical failure on a lift, again at Markham, in 1973, left 18 dead and 11 seriously injured. Gordon Butler, of Derbyshire's branch of the National Union of Mineworkers, said the danger and unsocial working...

2008-09-24 18:00:30

ENERGY and the challenges of providing it will be the theme of the second annual Thomas Hepburn lecture on Friday. National Union of Mineworkers' president Ian Lavery will deliver the lecture in memory of 19th Century Durham miner and trade unionist Thomas Hepburn, whose tireless efforts changed the working lives of many in the North East. His Northern Union of Pitmen helped reduce the working day from around 18 hours to 12. Friday's lecture will take place at Gateshead Old Town Hall...

2008-09-03 18:00:00

By Dan O'Neill YOU could claim that the ruination of the Rhondda, the end of hope for so many in South Wales, became inevitable 25 years ago this week when Margaret Thatcher made a top-level appointment. Few realised that it was, in effect, a declaration of war against the miners. From September 1, Mr Ian MacGregor, chairman of British Steel, takes over as chairman of the National Coal Board MacGregor, the union-basher who had broken strikes in the coalfields of America, who had...

2008-08-24 03:00:19

SCOTLAND'S last 400 mineworkers are to ballot for a strike for the first time in 23 years after rejecting a 4.1 per cent pay offer from Scottish Coal. (c) 2008 Sunday Mail; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-08 00:00:30

By Mark Hughes HE IS the man who has devoted his life to trying to save Britain's coal mining industry. They are the eco-activists that are campaigning to stop the construction of Britain's first coal-fired power station in more than 30 years. But, in his first newspaper interview for more than a decade, Arthur Scargill has revealed himself as an unlikely champion for the protestors vowing to shut down Kingsnorth power station at the Camp forClimate change. Mr Scargill told...

2008-07-21 03:00:33

By Johnson, Clair; Benoit, Zach The Westmorland Coal Co. and the union representing striking coal miners at the Absaloka Mine reached a tentative agreement Friday, a union official said. George Golie, the union negotiator for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 400, said the union and Westmoreland reached a tentative agreement after two days of talks in Billings with federal mediator Ted Handel of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The talks addressed...

2008-07-07 03:00:24

By Lutey, Tom HARDIN - Citing years of below-average pay and a hostile work environment, the mostly Crow Indian work force of the Absaloka Coal Mine vowed Monday to strike around the clock until conditions change. The mine, 30 miles east of Hardin, has been without its 125- member crew since miners walked off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Railroad workers honoring the strike also left a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train half-loaded with coal at the 15,000-acre, single-pit mine, which is...

2005-08-07 13:19:42

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold miners launched their first industry-wide strike in 18 years on Sunday to demand higher wages in the world's biggest bullion producer, the country's main mining union said. "I can say now that the strike is on," Gwede Mantashe, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), told Reuters. The union had said the strike would start across the country at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT). "All the workers who were due to...