Daw Mill closure: 650 jobs to go

UK Coal will close the biggest coal mine in the UK, Daw Mill Colliery, under plans to restructure the business.

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Nuneaton MP asks government for Daw Mill Colliery employment support

The Conservative MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones, has today asked the government for employment support following the loss of 650 jobs at the Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire.

UK Coal announced earlier this month that the colliery would have to close after a ferocious underground fire made operations unfeasible.

The workforce has been made redundant because of the blaze.



Fire at Daw Mill Colliery forces closure

UK Coal Mine Holdings has announced that Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire will close.

The company blames the closure to 'the largest fire seen in a UK coal mine in over 30 years'.

The fire is still burning 740m below the surface and shows no signs of reducing.

“This has been a terrible week, not just for the company and its employees but also for the energy security of the country, as it brings an end to 47 years of coal production at Daw Mill."

Only a 'small, core team' will keep their jobs to secure the site over the next coming months. The rest of the 650-strong workforce will lose their jobs.

“We are now exploring the possible transfer of some colleagues to our other mines. Regrettably however, this news is likely to see the majority of the Daw Mill workforce being made redundant and our thoughts and best wishes are with these colleagues and their families at this difficult time.”

– Kevin McCullough, Chief Executive for UK Coal Mine Holdings

Daw Mill has been at risk of closure since March 2012 when it was also announced that a restructuring was needed to safeguard the entire business.

MP comments on possible colliery closure

"Unfortunately for a number of years they have not done the development work at Daw Mill the way they have should and therefore it has left them in the position where they are carrying a large workforce that's very expensive to pay and ...

...they don't necessarily have to coal coming out of the ground to pay for that workforce, and therefore UK Coal are trying to show to their banks that they can do the right thing and they can pay their way as a company.

But it leaves Daw Mill in limbo at the moment and I think that it's important now that everyone works together whether it be the company the workforce the unions the local members of parliament and hopefully ministers to try and secure the future at Daw Mill."

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