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Unions Urge Pressure as Government Talks of "Managed Closure" of Kellingley Colliery

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11:43am 3rd April 2014

The National Union of Mineworkers is urging MPs and the public to put pressure on the government to apply for EU funds as the government talks of a "managed closure" of Kellingley colliery.

UK Coal announced last night it is consulting on plans to close Kellingley, which employs 738 people, and Thoresby colliery in Nottinghamshire. It needs an emergency cash injection of up to £20 million to keep the pits going.

Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams asked Energy Minister Nigel Fallon for an update in parliament this morning.

Kellingley could close within 18 months if the money to keep it going is not found.

Chris Skidmore from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is urging MPs and the public to pressure the government into applying for EU funds.

The NUM says it has been told that the money could be available if the government applies for it.


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