second thoughts: industrial sabotage


PONTEFRACT, the last pit in West Yorkshire, closed in August. The Selby complex is earmarked for closure in 2004. This act of industrial sabotage sets the seal on the planned elimination of primary industry in the area.

Recently the Australian mining firm MIM placed a series of adverts in Yorkshire papers offering ‘career’ opportunities for managers, supervisors and engineers at their huge operation in Queensland. The import of Australian coal has contributed to the demise of the British industry. And now MIM look to lure away those who have the ability to revitalise this still necessary source of wealth. Their skills are the envy of every employer and government in the world except their own.