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PLANNING ROW PROVOKES UNION THREAT TO LABOUR FUNDS

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Members of the Transport and General Workers Union are calling for it to stop contributing to Labour party funds af...
Members of the Transport and General Workers Union are calling for it to stop contributing to Labour party funds after Powys CC refused an application to extend the Nant Heln mine on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, The Western Mail reports (p1).

Despite intense lobbying, and the threat to up to 300 jobs, Labour councillors voted with other political parties to reject the application.

Local shop steward Les Watkins said: 'Why should we put money into a fund which has made us redundant? Labour gave huge support to Tower Colliery which closed with the loss of 200 jobs. We are losing more than 300 and they have done nothing to help us.'

But local Labour councillor Gwyn Gwillim, said: 'I had to think of the other 85% of people living locally who lobbied me to vote against allowing the extension to go ahead.'
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