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Jan 2012 Standing up for members

01 June 2013

I said in this column last month that I had just ‘taken over the general secretary’s chair’. Well, ever since then, I’ve hardly sat in it! I’ve had a meeting at the Department for Transport with the new minister, Justine Greening and, keeping up the Westminster theme, spoken to...

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Feb 2012 Rounding up allies

01 June 2013

WHEN the Tories privatised the railways they said it was to introduce competition which would drive costs and fares down. Eighteen years down the line Sir Roy McNulty’s ‘Rail Value for Money’ report is the proof it didn’t happen. They are still rearranging seats on the Titanic.   Next...

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March 2012 A lost friend in Essex

01 June 2013

The union lost a valued friend last month. Andy Morrison was a national officer who worked as the Organiser for District 5. His sudden passing leaves a great gap in our lives. In many ways Andy was the perfect model for an ASLEF representative. He was a sharp and...

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May 2012 Folly in Preston, threats in London...

01 June 2013

The folly of railway finances was nowhere more evident last month than when Network Rail was fined £5 million for its failings over the Grayrigg derailment and the Elsenham crossing tragedy. Our President Alan Donnelly joined other union members protesting at this foolishness outside Preston Crown Court. I find...

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June 2012 We invented the Big Society

01 June 2013

Trade unions and Tories are never going to be the best of mates - but the deep-seated loathing of unions felt by Cameron, Boris and the rest of their Conservative cronies astonishes me. Their hostility is utterly out of proportion.   Cameron wants to end time off for union...

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