Tuesday, 12 October 2021
40 years ago, Northumberland and Durham were working coalfields, integral to the industry that kept the lights on and the conveyor belts rolling. Every stage of that process was in public ownership. Today, although the coal is still there, we face a winter of factory stoppages and a huge increase in domestic energy bills, while Saudi oil money has just bought Newcastle United.
I have it on impeccable authority that the proposed new mine at Whitehaven would recognise the NUM, which would therefore be setting up its first new lodge in a very long time. Unite tried to muscle in, but the NUM, with which we have always been on friendly terms, quite rightly told us to get lost.
Still, it is good to see that Unite is behind this pit, and thus the reassertion of energy independence through well-paid, unionised work. Let's keep it that way. Join Unite Community here, and get ready to vote for me for General Secretary in 2026.