Time for separate Scottish Transport Police

09 May 2017

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called for the creation of a separate Scottish Transport Police force on the day that MSPs at Holyrood debate the ‘disastrous’ proposals to merge policing on the railway which would see Police Scotland take over policing duties from the British Transport Police.


Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘The proposals by the Nationalists to amalgamate the BTP with Police Scotland are opposed by everyone who knows anything about the way the railway works. The BTP in Scotland understands the way the railway works and has the expertise, knowledge and experience to deal with the special problems encountered on the railway every day.

‘Merging the BTP into Police Scotland will be a disaster for the railway – for passengers and for staff – in Scotland. That’s why we are calling for the establishment of a separate Scottish Transport Police force.’


ASLEF ballot: Southern Rail

22 June 2017

Responding to Southern Rail’s comments about the union’s ballot for industrial action ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said, ‘It is no surprise that the management of Britain’s worst performing train company is disingenuous and deceitful when it comes to industrial relations and the honouring of agreements.’  Mick added, ‘our ballot...

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ASLEF calls for Southern to be stripped of franchise

20 June 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, today hit back at misleading press statements peddled by Southern Railways, and called on the company to be stripped of its franchise for its failure to deliver.   Mick said: ‘It is indefensible that GTR/Southern and the inept Department for...

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Gender pay gap lowest among train drivers

15 June 2017

Train drivers have the smallest wage gap between men and woman of any job in the UK according to new figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The ONS found that the overall gender pay gap in Britain is 18.1% while among train drivers it is 0.7%.  ...

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ASLEF and Southern Rail

15 June 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, tonight responded to a press release put out by Southern Railways. Mick said: ‘ASLEF suspended the imposition of an overtime ban on Southern Railways – due to start on Sunday 4 June – for two weeks to allow time for...

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Passengers have paid £50bn for rail privatisation

12 June 2017

Rail privatisation is ‘financially flawed’ according to a new report from academics at Queen Mary and Essex universities which finds that the cost of running the railway has increased by £50bn since the sell-off in 1995.   The study suggests that the impact of unnecessarily expensive track upgrades, excessive train...

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