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Dec 2007 - Let's end the 'Punch and Judy' ownership debate

01 June 2013

WHEN I was at a meeting with rail minister Ruth Kelly last month, I sensed a reluctance from the various ‘advisors’ to my raising the question of rail ownership and franchising with her. It was almost as if it would be ‘bad form’ to mention a subject on which...

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Nov 2007 - A high speed rail network for Britain? NOT SO FAST...

01 June 2013

THE GOOD NEWS... Britain has its first highspeed rail line. It’s a break-through - we really should have something to celebrate! After all, we’ve joined the European big boys! Trains in the UK can now hit speeds of over 180 mph! THE BAD NEWS... The high-speed track is only...

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Oct 2007 - An Autumn of Conference Distcontent

01 June 2013

WE keep hearing about a winter of discontent. Well, I tend to have an autumn of discontent when I go to the TUC and Labour Party conferences. You see, I don’t think we have proper conferences any more. We have trade shows for the union movement and marketing jamborees...

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Sept 2007 - Verbal Agreement - not worth the paper it's written on

01 June 2013

The recent signing of the memorandum of understanding between ASLEF and UNITE (see page 4) seems to have triggered something of a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party amongst our sister railway trade unions! In a word, the memorandum is about solidarity - but this is a concept that needs to...

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August 2007 - An issue of loyalty

01 June 2013

This edition includes an account of the events of 25 years ago when the union became involved in a massive dispute over flexible rostering. I will not go into the details of the events because they are outlined elsewhere (on pages 10 and 11). My concern in this column...

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