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Dec 2010 - Signals are key to overcrowding

01 June 2013

A report from the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) this month concluded that there is ‘little evidence of an increasing health and safety problem’ as a result of overcrowding in trains. It read more like a TOC handout than RSSB research.   For one thing their first recommendation proposes...

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Nov 2010 - A fair tax system - that's rich!

01 June 2013

I HAVEN’T got any particular grudge against paying taxes - so long as I’m convinced it’s a fair system. I think most people feel the same. It’s a sociable thing to do, clubbing together to pay for things we need jointly, like health, education and security. It’s all very logical...

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Oct 2010 - Crossing the boundaries

01 June 2013

I MAKE no apologies for returning to the subject of level crossings – because every month reveals some new evidence of incompetence, complacency or sheer lunacy.   Last month we hit a new low. The findings of a report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into last September’s fatal...

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Sept 2010 - Health, wealth and greedy bankers

01 June 2013

FIRSTLY I want to express my warmest thanks to the many friends and colleagues who sent me messages of encouragement and support when they heard of my recent heart surgery. It is when you are faced with difficult times that you appreciate the great human bond of trade unionism. I...

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Aug 2010 - It’s nice to be popular

01 June 2013

No question about it, it’s nice to be popular.   We’ve had two recent instances of old chums unexpectedly getting in touch.   First, the Famous Five candidates for the Labour leadership all remembered where Arkwright Road was located and called in to see the executive.   It was heartening...

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