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 to help build a better Britain.

 

‘Jeremy understands how ordinary hardworking men and women are suffering in the Conservative Age of Austerity. David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May and Philip Hammond have pulled off the trick of redistributing wealth from the poor to the rich – the reverse of Robin Hood! – to bail out the fat cats and bankers who caused the economic crisis of 2008.

 

‘In contrast Jeremy wants to rebuild Britain to create a fairer, more modern society, with a more productive economy, that delivers for all the people, not just the few, and is fit for the 21st century.

 

‘We especially welcome the promise to bring Britain’s railways back into public ownership – a policy on which ASLEF has campaigned passionately ever since John Major’s ill-starred privatisation of British Rail in 1994 – and freeze passenger fares across the network.

 

‘This is an exciting, and sensible, socialist platform on which any of the great Labour Party leaders of the past – Keir Hardie, Clement Attlee, and Harold Wilson – would have been happy to stand. That’s why I urge people to vote Labour on 8 June and help return a Labour government to build a better Britain.’


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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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. ...

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