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Dec 2008 - The runaway train...

01 June 2013

THERE used to be a children’s song about a run-away train. On reflection, that was quite positive news - because now we’ve got an entire run-away industry. Certainly it’s running away from government. This was made very obvious last month when the new Transport Minister, Geoff Hoon, said he...

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Nov 2008 - Employment Bill mustn’t water down union rights

01 June 2013

WHY are politicians so afraid of giving unions the right to run their own affairs? Trade unions are made up of some of the most conscientious, selfless and concerned people in our country. Hundreds of thousands of individuals work for nothing to represent their colleagues in the work-place. It...

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Oct 2008 - Policies, not gossip, matter in politics

01 June 2013

IN THE August 2007 issue of the Journal, we welcomed new Transport Minister Ruth Kelly. This month, after she’s been in the job for shortly over a year, we bid her farewell. We got on well with Ruth when we met her. She seemed a refreshingly open person in...

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Sept 2008 - Political money funds more than labour

01 June 2013

WE’VE had quite a few members recently contacting the union to withdraw from contributing to ASLEF’s political fund. Personally, I think the political levy is well worth the money – especially as no member pays more than £6.84 a year to support it. It’s the price of a couple...

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Aug 2008 - A funeral too far

01 June 2013

THE central pages of this edition are devoted to rail in Wales. It is where I was born and I will always retain a deep respect and affection for the land and its people. The most vivid memories of my youth (the publishable ones anyway!) centre around the working...

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