Unions urge UK Coal to try to keep pit going

Kellingley Colliery

Kellingley Colliery

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A MINING union has urged UK Coal to enter into “meaningful discussions” in a bid to try to keep Yorkshire’s last remaining deep coal mine open until 2018.

Speaking after he met with Energy Minister Michael Fallon yesterday, National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) general secretary Chris Kitchen urged the ailing coal company to meet with unions in a last-ditch attempt to keep Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley, and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire, open long-term.

Last week a managed closure plan that would keep UK Coal in business until 2015 was cast into doubt when a private backer who had pledged £5m towards a £20m closure plan backed out.


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