Mick's Column

Here you can find the regular column from ASLEF's General Secretary, Mick Whelan.

Working for you

October 2014

Since I last spoke in this column it has been a hectic period with the emphasis on the political issues that affect not only our industry but our day to day life. We have had the result of the political fund ballot –which was a resounding yes – with, again, a significant turnout that allows ASLEF to continue campaigning on your behalf and I want to thank all who participated.

The momentous decision in Scotland on the future shape of the UK has, I believe, changed the dynamics of political debate for the greater good and shown that when there is a real decision to be made people will engage. I think it will also invigorate the debate over the voting age.

As you will see elsewhere in the Journal we had a very active delegation to the TUC; every delegate contributed in a variety of debates to form policy for a fairer, more protected society that delivers for workers and their families.

We then sent a delegation to the Labour Party conference where we promoted the interests of our industry and those issues that impact on our futures, and those of our loved ones, from the NHS to workplace protection and a myriad of other issues that will be reported on more fully in due course.

I note with concern an increased number of fatalities in recent weeks and other incidents that directly impact on drivers and my thoughts are with them, and the families of those involved, at this difficult time.

The announcement of 24 hour running on the tube will stimulate activity around resourcing and the terms and conditions of our members – and we shall keep you updated.

After the passing of Bob Crow the RMT have elected their new general secretary, Mick Cash, and I take this opportunity to wish him all the best for the future.

Finally, Bob Hodson, former Virgin company council chair and a long-time friend and personal inspiration, has passed away far too soon.Our thoughts are with his family and friends.