Socialist Worker


by Howard Miles
Issue No. 1894

AROUND 550 miners at Kellingley pit in North Yorkshire struck for the second time last week after talks broke down. The action had been suspended while the NUM union prepared to take the employer, UK Coal, to court over a scheme for new shifts.

Miners struck for 24 hours on Thursday of last week, and they plan a series of two one-day strikes per week against UK Coal. The new contracts would mean longer shifts and compulsory weekend working. UK Coal have upped the stakes by threatening to issue 90-day redundancy notices to the entire workforce.

Pickets last week pointed out the dangers of increased shift lengths on already tired workers. A few years ago two Kellingley miners were killed driving home in the early hours.

As one picket said, 'It's just not physically possible to give what the bosses want.' The original ballot for action was 87 percent in favour of action.

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Sat 27 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1894
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