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Miners vote prolongs pit life

Miners at Kellingley Colliery have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plan to prolong the life of their pit for up to 18 months.

It will also hopefully mean that hundreds of miners at Thoresby colliery in North Nottinghamshire will have some job security for a little while longer.

Owners UK Coal had said both pits could shut within days if miners did not vote in favour of a £20 million phased rundown of the mines.

The NUM says the move will give them more time to mount a concerted campaign to try to keep the pits open. Chris Kiddey reports.

MP: Government needs to show they want the pits open

The miners at Kellingley and the local community have always wanted to keep the pit open. Now the Government and UK Coal need to show that they want to do the same.

The workforce have made clear they will do everything they can to keep Kellingley open. But this only gives us breathing space. UK Coal and the Government now need to draw up a longer term plan, working with other private investors and Europe to bring in more support.

They need to act fast or it will be too late. A deal to close Kellingley in 2015 isn't good enough. We need fast action before all the development workers are made redundant to deliver a longer term future for the pit.

There are 800 skilled jobs at risk, as well as jobs in companies that rely on contracts with Kellingley. Over 1100 people have signed our petition to save Kellingley already.

Britain will still rely on coal for years to come and clean coal technology is under development at Drax right now. Kellingley still has plenty of reserves, so we don’t need to be entirely dependent on imports - especially from Russia.

It’s still possible to get a deal to secure the long term future of Kellingley and the future of the deep coal industry in Britain, but the Government and the company need to step up and put the work in now to make sure that happens before time runs out.

– Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford


Ballot result due on future of collieries

The result of a ballot which will determine the futures of two collieries - and two thousand jobs at UK Coal - will be known shortly.

Miners at Kellingley colliery have been voting on whether to accept a £20m package which would see a rundown of the pit over 18 months.

If they vote no UK Coal have warned that Kellingley and Thorseby colliery in north Nottinghamshire could shut within days.

We spoke to miners on their way to work at Kellingley today.


Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Doncaster

A 23-year-old man has died after being hit by a car in Doncaster. It happened in Trafford Way near to the junction with West Street at around 3.45pm yesterday Sunday April 20, 2014.

He was taken to hospital but later died. The 19-year-old driver of the car, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Union fears odds against miners over pit vote

The National Union of Mineworkers fears a vote to secure the short-term future of two of our region's remaining deep coal mines - is stacked against them.

The NUM is worried about claims that it could need seventy five per cent of it's members to agree a "managed closure" deal to keep Thoresby and Kellingley pits open until next year - to avoid them closing immediately. Michael Billington explains.

Doncaster carers hold 17th day of strike action

Carers in Doncaster today held their 17th day of industrial action against what they call "savage" pay cuts. 150 employees of Care UK say they're at risk of having their wage cut by up to 50%, leaving many worried about their future.

Care UK says it's been forced to change salaries because of government cuts, but is happy to negotiate. Sarah Clark has more:

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