Will they sell off HS2?

17 July 2017

On the day the government announced £6.6 billion of contracts for the first phase of HS2 – and confirmed that the HS1 Channel Tunnel rail link, bought by Canadian pension funds Borealis and Ontario Teachers for £2.1 billion in 2010, has been sold to a consortium of investors for £3 billion – Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the way that private companies make enormous profits at public expense and called on the government to promise that HS2 won’t, in turn, be sold off, too.

 

Mick said: ‘In the light of franchises now being sold, like commodities, to groups that did not bid for them, and direct award becoming the new norm, we call upon the government to confirm that HS2 – which is being paid for by the taxpayer – will always remain in the public sector and not be asset stripped by any government for the benefit of privateers.’

 


Southern dispute update

21 September 2017

Further discussions between ASLEF and GTR have taken place today [Thursday] and significant progress has been made. We are now in the process of finalising a proposal for agreement.  

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ASLEF backs Richard Leonard

20 September 2017

ASLEF is supporting Richard Leonard in his campaign to become the next Scottish Labour leader. Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: “Richard shares our values and we’re proud to support his campaign. He’s a committed trade unionist and recognises that the people of Scotland are...

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Tube drivers vote to strike

18 September 2017

    ASLEF members on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in an industrial dispute with the company. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services drivers were asked two questions:   Are you prepared to take part in a strike?   Yes: 88.4% No: 11.6%   Are...

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Mick Whelan on The Week in Westminster

17 September 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, was interviewed with Alison McGovern, Labour MP for Wirral South, by Sam Coates, deputy political editor of The Times, on The Week in Westminster on Radio 4 on Saturday 16 September.

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Simon Weller re-elected to TUC general council

16 September 2017

Simon Weller, ASLEF'S assistant general secretary, was re-elected to the general council of the TUC on Tuesday afternoon. He polled 208,000 votes. On Wednesday Simon was also re-elected to the TUC’s executive committee.  

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