A new deal to safeguard mining jobs has been agreed, 20 years after thesector’s workers staged one the UK’s most notorious strikes. More than 3,500 jobs will be safeguarded and a further 100 created as £36.4mis released to the coal industry under the Government’s Coal Investment AidScheme. Energy minister Stephen Timms said 12 coalmines were offered £52.5m underthe scheme last November. Ten have now accepted, securing the £36.4m investmentand 3,675 jobs. The money will be paid to mines in instalments as theinvestment projects proceed. The remaining £16.1m is still on offer to a further two mines, Hatfield andEllington, which have until the end of this month to accept. A further offer of £2.2m has been made to Tower Colliery in South Wales,which could safeguard a further 420 jobs and preserve access to an estimated3.5m tonnes of reserves. Timms said coal was still a vital part of the UK’s energy mix, accountingfor around 35 per cent of electricity supplied across the UK. “There are challenges facing the industry, but there are opportunitiesout there both in mining and electricity generation. That’s why we fought foragreement with our EU colleagues to provide up to 30 per cent of the costs ofinvestment,” he said. In March 1984, UK miners went on strike for 12 months, a move theConservative Government interpreted as a direct challenge to its authority torule, rather than a traditional industrial dispute. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Government agrees to safeguard UK mining jobsOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.