Unity mine workers to share shifts in bid to save jobs
23 August 2013 Last updated at 07:38 BST
Workers at Wales' largest drift mine have offered to share shifts between all 220 workers after management said they only had work for 66.
It would mean workers at the Unity mine near Neath would only get on average a quarter of their previous pay but it would safeguard the pit's future.
The miners came up with the proposal after all day talks involving the National Union of Miners (NUM).
Wayne Thomas, the NUM's general secretary for South Wales told BBC Wales reporter Gilbert John how the system could work.