by Tim Lezard The NUM has stepped in to save Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, by loaning the employee-owned firm £4m. The mine, which featured in the 1996 film Brassed Off, would have closed without the cash injection. A spokesperson for the NUM said …

Hatfield Collieryby Tim Lezard

The NUM has stepped in to save Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, by loaning the employee-owned firm £4m.

The mine, which featured in the 1996 film Brassed Off, would have closed without the cash injection.

A spokesperson for the NUM said: “This action is an unprecedented step for the union but reinforces its commitment to the deep coal mining industry in the UK. It is the view of the union that there is a future for coal in the generation of electricity in the UK for years to come and that the coal burnt should be UK mined coal securing employment for miners in the UK not imported from Russia and Colombia or anywhere else.”

The move was welcomed by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, who said: ““The loan from the NUM is great news for workers at the mine made famous in the film ‘Brassed Off’. The investment will help protect hundreds of jobs and offers British energy companies a secure domestic supply, which we hope they will see the merits of investing in at a time of so much global uncertainty.”

 


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