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.’

AAD Monday

22 May 2017

Marvin Rees, Labour Mayor of Bristol, opened AAD today, telling delegates: ‘I congratulate you for leading the campaign to get the world-class transport system we need. It’s about sustainable economic development. I grew up here, in Bristol, as a poor, mixed-race kid, in a physically divided city, and part of...

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AAD in Bristol

21 May 2017

Train drivers from right around the country were gathering today for ASLEF’s annual assembly of delegates ­– our annual conference – at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol. AAD is from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May. AAD is ASLEF’s parliament, and the foundation stone of our union’s democratic structure....

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ASLEF response to Tory manifesto

18 May 2017

The Conservative Party general election manifesto has today promised to work with train companies and rail industry employees to agree minimum service levels during periods of industrial dispute. The manifesto adds that if a voluntary agreement cannot be found, the Party will legislate to make minimum service levels mandatory.  ...

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ASLEF and Southern: overtime ban

17 May 2017

Train drivers who are ASLEF members will no longer work overtime on Southern Railways. Talks to find a resolution to the long-running dispute with Southern broke down on Tuesday and today ASLEF announced an overtime ban.Our drivers voted overwhelmingly – 87.3% on a turnout of 77% – to...

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Labour Party manifesto

16 May 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, welcomed publication today of the Labour Party manifesto for the general election on 8 June. Mick said: ‘This is an exciting and progressive platform on which Labour can fight the next election. It offers people a real opportunity...

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