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Government must act to support rail freight
21 Oct 2016Train drivers’ union ASLEF today called on the government to act urgently to support the rail freight industry. The union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP following the announcement earlier this week by the UK’s largest rail freight company DB Cargo that it is making a quarter of its staff redundant.
Rail freight in crisis
18 Oct 2016After DB Cargo announced plans to make 893 men and women redundant, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, spoke out about the race to the bottom in the freight industry.
ASLEF to ballot for action on Southern
18 Oct 2016ASLEF is to ballot its drivers on Southern Railways for industrial action after last-ditch talks at head office on Monday failed to resolve the problems at the heart of this dispute. ‘We have genuinely sought to reach a compromise with Southern,’ said general secretary Mick Whelan. ‘We have always been prepared to talk to the company, and we have always been of the view that it is, or should be, possible to do a deal – as we did with ScotRail – but it takes two to tango and the company has not been prepared to negotiate. They want to impose, not to discuss. They have dug in their heels and forced us to ballot our members.’ Our trade dispute with the company is that there should be no introduction and/or extension of new driver-only operated routes on Southern without the agreement of ASLEF.’
Virgin rail profits from public subsidy
17 Oct 2016New figures show enormous increases in year on year profits and dividends for Virgin Rail Group Holdings Limited. Financial results for the year ended March 2016 show an annual profit of £51 million a 28% increase on 2015 while shareholders received dividends of more than £55 million, nearly 100% more than in the previous period.
MPs condemn franchising
13 Oct 2016The House of Commons Transport Select Committee tomorrow (Friday) publishes its sixth report, into the future of rail and improving the passenger experience. It is expected to have some interesting things to say about the plight of staff, and passengers, on Southern Railways, and to urge the government 'to get a grip' on the problems of rail franchise agreements.
Government must reveal ScotRail plan
10 Oct 2016ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called on the Scottish government to release its improvement plan for ScotRail. Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘It’s high time the Scottish government let us know what is going on and published the improvement plan. There is nothing to be gained by keeping it secret and we think passengers, and staff, have a right to know when we can expect to see improvements.’
ASLEF Supports World Day for Decent Work
7 Oct 2016ASLEF supports the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) World Day for Decent Work 2016 which today calls for an end to corporate greed. We are proud to stand alongside hundreds of trade unions throughout the world today in calling for good jobs and decent work.
Chris Grayling is being dishonest
3 Oct 2016In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling today accused rail union leaders of misleading their members and opposing the modernisation of the rail network. He also claimed union leaders do not care or want a good deal for passengers.
Government has no strategy for rail
29 Sep 2016The Department for Transport today announced the direct award of a three year contract extension to CrossCountry franchise operator Arriva. The German state backed rail company will now run the service until October 2019.
Anchor for the Labour Party
27 Sep 2016Mick Whelan gave a rousing speech at the Trade Union Group of MPs and Unions Together reception during the Labour Party conference on Monday night.