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Once giant NUM faces prospect of winding up
THE National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is likely to be wound up next year following the closure today of Britain’s last deep coalmine.
The loss of 450 mineworkers’ jobs at Kellingley colliery in Yorkshire will leave the union with only 100 members.
Union sources told the Star that an executive committee meeting in January will consider the issue, after which a conference will be called with delegates from the union’s former mining areas.
Although the pits have disappeared, the union is still carrying out vital activity on behalf of miners.
Former miners struggling with industrial diseases such as pneumoconiosis are given counselling, help and advice, often from volunteer ex-NUM pithead activists.
The future of the NUM’s historic headquarters in Barnsley in South Yorkshire is not yet known.
In addition to housing the union’s few remaining officials, it provides office facilities for Unite’s Community section and Women Against Pit Closures.
The NUM was founded in 1945, suceeding the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain, established in 1888 to co-ordinate the various coalfield unions.