Published On: Sat, Apr 5th, 2014 on 6:05 am

Efforts to help 700 mineworkers facing the axe at Kellingley Colliery

Kellingley Colliery

Wakefield Council is working with neighbouring North Yorkshire and Selby councils to help the 700 mineworkers who are facing redundancy due to the proposed closure of Kellingley Colliery.

Kellingley Colliery is run by UK Coal, which may end up closing two UK deep mines – the Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire and the Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire – as it battles to prevent insolvency.

According to the company, trading conditions have been difficult due to a continuously strong pound and low international coal prices, so it’s seeking emergency investment to save itself.

Commenting, Wakefield Council Leader Cllr Peter Box, said: “The closure of Kellingley will leave a massive gap in the job market in this district and marks the sad end of this district’s deep mining industry, which has been part of our character and heritage for so many generations.”

There are plans to put pressure on the Government to help UK Coal and prevent the pit closures.

The Council’s Chief Executive Joanne Roney has also said that the Council is working with Jobcentre Plus to organise an advice day to support miners looking for other jobs.

She commented: “The loss of all these jobs is a big blow for the district.

“But there are new jobs coming on to the market and we will be putting the Kellingley workforce in contact with local employers and with training providers as quickly as we can.”

Negotiations are going underway at UK Coal, which is a major employer of people in the district.

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