Yorkshire’s coal mine to close

More than 400 people are expected to lose their jobs due to the closure of the Hatfield Colliery in South Yorkshire. It is closing 14 months earlier than scheduled. According to trade union Prospect, 420 “high-skilled” jobs and further jobs in the supply chain will be lost. Prospect negotiator Mike Macdonald said: “Hatfield has been unable to sell […]

Coal miners hail “lifeline” after government loan

Coal miners say they have been given a “lifeline” after the government loaned £8 million to the Hatfield Colliery in Yorkshire. The short-term loan is to help the mine’s owner manage its closure in stages. A first chunk of £2 million was given on New Year’s Eve (31 December). The National Union of Miners welcomed […]