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    We all are in a great trouble about the development at the Rhine and Ruhr.?

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    Background: We all are in a great trouble about the development at the Rhine and Ruhr. This concerns the situation of the coal mines, it concerns the working-place of our miners, too. Rest gangs and growing dumps mark the day at the Ruhr since about one year.

    Which are the reasons?
    On one hand we had two mild winters, on the other hand there were the great imports in times, where coal was barely sufficient and which now naturally must be observed. Owing to the conjuncture there was no great need for coal.

    Further reasons are the strong development of fuel oil in homes as well as in industries.

    The miners are in alarm!
    70,000 of them demonstrated in Bochum against the rest gangs and dismissals and for a five days week. We understand the disappointment of these men, the more so, as the miners were the most demanded workers in Germany, years before.

    The leading chairman of the miners trade-union (IG Bergban), Gutermuth, announced sharp actions of the labourers.

    But coal is not only a German problem. At many points in Europe we have growing dumps. The European Community of Coal and Steel (Montan-Union),in the High Authority of which we have the German members Potthoff and Blucher, is discussing measures against the lack of sale.

    We heard Frans Blucher (former German Vice Chancellor): s o u n d....
    "One cannot dig coal today and stop the drawing tomorrow and dig again, the day after. One must know that coal will be at disposal, when other stuffs, like oil and imported coal exist no longer and finally the 3rd fact: one must recognise that coal must be at least have the same conditions for life and competition as the other stuffs claim for."
    In the Federal Republic there was a custom now of DM 20, - per ton for imported coal.

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