UK Coal, the company that owns the UK’s biggest deep coal mine has announced that it may have close the Daw Mill colliery in north Warwickshire, a move that threatens the security of 800 jobs.
The plans currently outlined have the mine scheduled to close in 2014 when the currently accessibly coal seams have been exhausted. UK Coal has stated that although the mine has “considerable long term resources” it is 175 000 t behind its production budget. Any work to prolong the life of the mine beyond 2014 has been halted.
Andrew Mackintosh, a spokesman from UK Coal said, “Daw Mill may well close … we don’t know if that’s going to be a permanent closure or a different type of closure, a mothballing effectively, but that is the possibility at the moment.” The company stated that production increases and a decline in operating costs could possibly secure the mine’s future.
The Union of Democratic Mineworkers, which counts about 430 Daw Mill employees amongst its members stated that, “The unions at Daw Mill are fully committed to assist UK Coal in providing a long term future for Daw Mill.”
UK Coal has seen additional expenditures in recent months, with a £1.2 million fine in December of last year being imposed as punishment for breaches in safety regulations that led to the deaths of three workers at Daw Mill.
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