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Jan 2005 - Driving forward with professionalism

01 June 2013

The tragic events in South and South East Asia on Boxing Day and more recently in the North of England are a reminder of the awesome power that nature can generate when she wants to. These tragedies have in many respects allowed us as ASLEF members to put our...

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Feb 2005 - No place for the profit motive

01 June 2013

Parliament has been debating the Railways Bill. Christopher Chope MP, Tory transport spokesman, ran a diversion about the future of first class travel rather than focus on the future of public transport.  It was 'Chopper Chope', then a rabidly Thatcherite council leader who made his reputation (and won his...

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Mar 2005 - Traditional values

01 June 2013

The more things change the more they stay the same. Or so it seems. This year, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we naturally draw lessons from past experiences. As our reproduction of the special 1924 strike issue of the Locomotive Journal shows, our problems seem to have a...

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Apr 2005 - Modern methods, trusted values

01 June 2013

Spring is in the air. It is a time of rebirth and growth. Time to put behind the dark days of the winter. To abandon our discontents. To consider the future with anticipation. And none more than we train drivers, our families and our many friends in the railway...

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July 2005 - Strategic Rail Authority pulls off a final act of folly

01 June 2013

The Strategic Rail Authority is not long for this world. Its main function was to put a superficial gloss on rail privatisation - provide a light regulatory cloak over the realities of the market place. It was the privateers' unconscious tribute to the continuing power of the collectivist ideal....

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