Kellingley Colliery workers to decide on the pit’s future today

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Workers at Kellingley Colliery have until noon today to accept a deal which will see a managed closure of the pit.

Energy minister Michael Fallon announced that a £10m state loan, alongside £10m from the private sector, would support the closure of the pit, which employs 700 workers, along with another at Thoresby, in Nottinghamshire, which employs 1,300 people.

The deal would see gradual job losses over an 18 month period, with both sites closing by the end of December 2015.

But the National Union of Mineworkers indicated it would reject the offer at a meeting and UK Coal, which runs the pit, has written to workers at the site asking whether they will accept the deal.