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.’


Alistair Watson RIP

29 June 2017

ASLEF very much regrets to hear about the sad and sudden passing of member Alistair Watson.  Commenting on the news ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘Alistair was a trade unionist to his fingertips and an outstanding Labour councillor for the people of Cardonald in Glasgow for 22 years. Our...

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Update: Southern Rail Overtime ban

28 June 2017

Commenting on the train driver overtime ban which is due to take effect on Southern Rail from tomorrow (June 29th) ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘the ban reflects the total loss of trust and goodwill between train drivers and the company. Drivers work overtime on an entirely voluntary basis...

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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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