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    Unhappy Daw Mill Colliery Fire

    Thankfully, all the miners down the mine at the time are safe, but it looks like the end of coal mining in Warwickshire. To be honest, I didn't realise that the industry was so big in the county - 20 pits at one point.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-21571790

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    About 800 jobs to go? - That's still a pretty big operation.

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    Yes, it'll be a big shock to the economy of the area. Apparently, the pit was under review for closure anyway, and the fire hasn't helped it's chances 1 bit.

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    That's not good news for those employed even if they realised the mines were ear marked for possible closure it's still a shock for them.
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    It has been predicted in various newspapers lately that some pits could be reopened, due to the cost of gas and electricity which will continue to rise-they got us over a barrel now that most homes use it and have no fireplaces or even chimneys any more.At least we could burn wood or coal in emergencies.
    I DID READ OF SOME PIT WHICH HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE EX-WORKERS AND WILL REOPEN SOON...CANT THINK WHERE IT WAS THOUGH.

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    Interesting read on coal production here Confederation of UK coal producers

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    The official announcement that the pit is going to close:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-21696875

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    Let's hope the council can help the miners find work:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-21711655

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    According to one news bulletin today, those to be made redundant were notified by text. - Not a very nice experience I would imagine

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    There's still 56 million tonnes of coal down there! It's a shame that no cost effective way of reducing emissions from burning coal, otherwise the powers that be might consider keeping the pit open worthwhile.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-21786468

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    SHHHH...DONT TELL cAMERON OR HE'LL FIND JOBS FOR THEM THERE IN EXCHANGE FOR BENEFITS.

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    It looks like the fire's gone out, and a lot of people/organisations are working to find the redundant miners some work:

    http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/News/...0418172522.htm

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    The miners might not get any redundancy payouts from UK Coal if it goes out of business:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-22709319

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    If anyone loses out, I'll be betting that it's those at the bottom of the pile.

    As a now very well known (infamous even) manager once said in a video (that wasn't broadcast to the workers, after second thoughts were had) "If we go under, it's you lot that will suffer, because the management will always be looked after and will get jobs elsewhere!"

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    It looks like employees of the whole company could lose out:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-23299060

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