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Arthur Scargill May Sue Num For More Perks After Claiming He Has Been Cheated Out Of Free Fuel

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1285929/Some-socialist-Arthur-Scargill-sue-NUM-perks-claiming-cheated-free-fuel.html

Arthur Scargill is locked in a legal battle with his own National Union of Mineworkers over his perks.

The former union boss is threatening legal action against the NUM for withdrawal of payments understood to be worth around £5,000 a year.

Mr Scargill's solicitor has written to the union's general secretary to demand reinstatement of his concessionary fuel benefit and a £2,000 payment for an alarm system at his home in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Mr Scargill says the cost-cutting move is in breach of contract and he may take legal action. He retired as union president in 2002 but is still an honorary president.

The extraordinary threat comes at a time when Mr Scargill is under fire from NUM colleagues for continuing to charge the union £33,000 a year to pay for rent and running costs of a three-bedroom apartment in London.

He has dismissed comparisons between his perks and the MPs' expenses scandal.But his legal moves are unlikely to impress former miners who saw him as a hero during the 1984-85 national miners' strike. At that time the NUM had around 187,000 members. Today the figure is about 1,600.

Chris Kitchin, the general secretary, said: 'It doesn't look good for Arthur. It makes him look like a bit of a capitalist and not the working class hero.' He confirmed the union has received letters from Mr Scargill's solicitor and added: 'He has threatened to take legal action.'

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He told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'They agreed I should rent a local authority flat during my period in office and following my retirement that would carry on until my death. There are many people who have two homes.'

He dismissed the conference resolution regarding the Barbican flat as 'a smear story put about by elements of the NUM who have a different view to me about the direction the union should be going.'

Mr Scargill owns Treelands Cottage in Barnsley. Of the dispute over payments linked to the property, he said: 'I receive, like every other fulltime official, concessionary fuel. People have no right to interfere with a legally-binding contract.'

Love the bit about 'There are many people who have two homes' that's a classic. Union bosses of course should be treated like the wealthy, I mean how else are they going to negotiate with them unless they have at least two homes. You'd be at a major disadvantage if you only had one.

No matter who they are once they get to the top they stick there snouts in the trough.

There's one rule for the masters and another for the little people.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1285929/Some-socialist-Arthur-Scargill-sue-NUM-perks-claiming-cheated-free-fuel.html

Love the bit about 'There are many people who have two homes' that's a classic. Union bosses of course should be treated like the wealthy, I mean how else are they going to negotiate with them unless they have at least two homes. You'd be at a major disadvantage if you only had one.

No matter who they are once they get to the top they stick there snouts in the trough.

There's one rule for the masters and another for the little people.

I see the anti trade union propaganda has gone up a notch now that mass industrial unrest is likely.

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I see the anti trade union propaganda has gone up a notch now that mass industrial unrest is likely.

I say ****** Bob Crow and Arthur Scargill. They want to bring the ship down, I say lets strap em to the masts alongside the bankers and the politicians.

It's the only way to be sure.

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