Victory of 'Miner's Claw' campaign - after four-year battle

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The Durham Miners’ Association and Labour MPs have welcomed the Government decision to finally recognise an industrial disease following a four-and-a-half-year campaign.

Dupuytren’s Contracture causes the fingers to curl over into a claw-like state, and can lead to amputation. Known as ‘Miner’s Claw’, the incurable condition is common among former pitmen. It also affected former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Bobby Robson screening + Q&A at home of Durham Miners

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A special fundraising event in celebration of the great Sir Bobby Robson will be held at the historic home of the Durham Miners. 

A screening of the new film about Sir Bobby, a former Durham miner, will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with some of the people who knew him best.

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The Big Meeting hits the big screen

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A new feature film will tell the unique and inspiring story of the Durham Miners' Gala.

The team behind the acclaimed Nature of the Beast – about legendary Labour MP Dennis Skinner – is making the new film with the endorsement of the Durham Miners' Association (DMA).

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Durham Miners Oppose Opencast Plans

The Durham Miners’ Association has opposed opencast mining for many decades and support the locally lead campaign to protect Pont Valley in Co. Durham.

It damaged deep mining in the past and now threatens to ruin our environment for no perceivable benefit.

Our communities have suffered enough with the decline of the coal industry and they do not need to have more injury added to insult.

There are deep mining projects reopening in various parts of England. So, there is little need to rip up the countryside to get coal.

 

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Mineworkers Pension Scheme errors

We have been informed that an error has occurred that has resulted in a number of MPS members mistakenly being issued with new tax codes.

We are told that this is being rectified as a matter of the highest priority by Capita and HMRC. Affected members will be contacted shortly to advise them that neither their original tax codes nor their pension payments should be affected, and that their tax liabilities are completely unchanged. In the meantime Capita are dealing with any member enquiries.

Capita can be contacted on:

0333 222 0077

mps@capita.co.uk

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Durham Miners to work with city's University on education programme

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Durham Miners and the city's University will work together to educate students in understanding the heritage and culture of the county in which they study.

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Miners and University Meet to Plan Way Forward

Durham University and the Durham Miners' Association (DMA) will meet  tomorrow morning (November 28) to discuss positive ways forward from the offence caused by inappropriate and offensive student behaviour.

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Durham Miners mark 148th anniversary - back where it began

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The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) marked the 148th anniversary of the union’s founding by returning to where it all began.

On November 20 1869, delegates from collieries on the Durham Coalfield met at the Market Tavern in Durham City, and established the DMA.

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Take your seat in the Pitman's Parliament

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Durham Miners are launching their bid to save the historic Pitman's Parliament.

Redhills, the 102-year-old miners' hall in Durham City, is in need of a massive restoration programme.

Its magnificent council chamber (or Pitman's Parliament) is in poor repair and needs urgent conservation work.

The Durham Miners' Association (DMA) is asking the people of the county to sponsor a seat to support its preservation. 

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Justice for Mineworkers Xmas Appeal

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