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%.

 

Commenting on the figures Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said ‘I am delighted to hear that the profession of train driving has the lowest pay gap between men and women of any job in the UK. ASLEF has worked hard to promote diversity and to encourage train companies to ensure train drivers are more representative of the communities they serve.’

 

Mick added, ‘Train drivers are highly unionised and covered by strong collective bargaining agreements which have helped to deliver this success story. While the news is welcome, the rail industry needs to do more to improve its recruitment policies and we will work with it on this.'


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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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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Why you should vote tomorrow

07 June 2017

Matt Wrack of the Fire Brigades Union on why it's important to vote Labour tomorrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHpFD9E-1Mk&feature=youtu.be

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