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| 11.12.2012

Durham Miners Appeal

Dear Friends,

As you may know the Durham Miners’ Association, together with a number of other funding bodies, has been fighting a compensation case on behalf of our members who are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee due to their work in the mining industry.

In the summer of 2010, eight test cases were heard in the High Court at Leeds but unfortunately Judge Grenfell ruled that all of the claims had been brought too late and he refused to use his discretion and allow the claims to proceed. He also refused to allow us to appeal against his ruling.

On the advice of our legal team, we applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal and this was granted in January 2011. The appeal was finally heard in London between 30 April and 2 May 2012. Unfortunately, the three appeal judges did not support our case and our injured members have been denied their day in court even though both sides agreed that their painful condition had been caused by their work underground.

The DMA now has to meet legal costs of at least £1.4M which will have a huge impact on our ability to fund the Durham Miners’ Gala in the future.

We are therefore relying on our friends in the Labour and Trade Union movement to help us.
Please find attached a brochure that we are circulating to raise funds.

You can help by joining the Friends Of The Durham Miners Gala Society and buying some of the books, magazines and calendars advertised in the brochure and, of course, circulating the brochure as far and as wide as possible.

The Gala has been held for 142 years and if we all pull together I am sure it will continue into the future but that depends on us all.

Hoping for your prompt and positive response,

Yours in solidarity


Dave Hopper
DMA General Secretary.

Durham Miners Appeal.pdf

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