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Talks continue on deal to save pit

Kellingley Colliery. Nearly 80% of the workforce have voted to accept the phased closure of the mine over the next 18 months.
L to R) Chris Kitchen - General Secretary NUM, Keith Poulson - Branch Secretary Kellingley and Keith Hartshorne - Branch Delegate Kellingley.
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Kellingley Colliery. Nearly 80% of the workforce have voted to accept the phased closure of the mine over the next 18 months. L to R) Chris Kitchen - General Secretary NUM, Keith Poulson - Branch Secretary Kellingley and Keith Hartshorne - Branch Delegate Kellingley. p301a416

Talks between pit bosses and investors are still ongoing to prevent Kellingley Colliery from imminent closure.

Almost 80 per cent of workers voted in favour of pit operator UK Coal’s proposal - backed by £20m of investment from the government and private sector - to close Kellingley by December 2015.

But UK Coal said the deal has not yet been fully agreed by the firm, private investors and the government.

Gordon Grant, UK Coal spokesman, said: “We are still going through the process of agreeing the deal.

“With any deal like this there is an awful lot of legal work to be done and until that’s done we can’t be certain of it being agreed but everyone is keen to get it done as soon as possible .”

Chris Kitchen, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary, said: “I think the workers were backed into a corner having to vote on either losing their job now or in 18 months but we’ve always said we will continue to fight for a long-term future for Kellingley.”

 

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