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Jan 2006 - A platform for future success

01 June 2013

Between you and me, we’ve been having a few successes lately. I know this isn’t the sort of thing we usually talk about in trade union journals. As a movement, we seem to have more of a preference for magnificent defeats than welcome successes. In fact, the spell-checker had...

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Feb 2006 - Network Rail switches on Paddington death signal

01 June 2013

Late last month the union discovered that the signal at the root of the terrible Paddington crash – which cost 31 people their lives and left dozens seriously injured – is to be brought back into service. Note that word: discovered. ASLEF was not consulted. Our drivers' advice was...

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Mar 2006 - Best press in the world?

01 June 2013

I keep hearing that we have the best press in the world in the UK. It makes me wonder. What do the rest of the world have? The Beano? Two press stories have particularly troubled me recently: one is the News of the World's releasing video tapes of British...

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Apr 2006 - Safety must go to the top

01 June 2013

I make no apologies for making safety the major theme of this edition of the Journal. The slogan we used on Rail Safety Day – ‘Safety Must Go To The Top’ – is an expression of two things: that safety must be top of every working person’s agenda; and...

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May 2006 - Only involvement will end apathy

01 June 2013

I used to worry that government ministers seem to have different interests than the rest of us. Then I began meeting them – and that’s when I became really disturbed. I say this although I don't think it's helpful to be over-cynical about politicians. They are an easy target...

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