'UK COAL has lost £3.5 million so far rather than pay about £6,700 per week to meet our demands.' So says striking miners' representative Chris Skidmore.
Miners at Rossington, near Doncaster, have entered their sixth week on strike over bonus payments. Last week UK Coal, formerly known as RJB Mining, announced a massive attack on working conditions across the country.
It wants 'round the clock' working. This means working seven days a week and 12-hour shifts. A big test at Rossington over the law will come soon. Under New Labour's legislation, employers can legally sack strikers after eight weeks. The most important thing is to organise solidarity.
Send messages of support and donations to NUM, Rossington Miners Welfare, West End Lane, Rossington, South Yorkshire.