Concern over Unity Mine jobs

Concern continues over the future of jobs at Unity Mine - Wales' largest drift mines - after owners announced plans to appoint administrators. Around 200 people currently work at the site.

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Minister: Unity talks continue with potential investors

Around 200 workers will remain at the mine while administrators are appointed

Economy Minister Edwina Hart says the Welsh Government is continuing to work with the owners of Unity Mine to secure its future.

"Over the last few years, the industry has experienced difficulties with the fall in global coal prices which have placed considerable financial pressure on operators" she says.

"While we are working with company to offer assistance, in compliance within state-aid rules, there are wider financial pressures and challenges that have meant that the company has had to take this decision."

"Discussions with third party investors are on-going, and I welcome the Director’s intention to protect the current work force while fundraising negotiations are continuing with various parties to seek to secure the long term future of the Mine and its highly skilled workforce."

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