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Demonstrate in support of Jeremy Corbyn
27 Jun 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, was on Sky News this morning. He said: 'ASLEF was proud to have been first trade union to nominate Jeremy Corbyn and we understood, along with hundreds of thousands others, that Labour Party members and others wanted a real alternative. Not a parliament that those on the doorstep could not tell the difference between the parties but a Labour Party open to policies for business, growth, and all levels of a society that needs to be fairer and more inclusive. Today we stand with many others supporting not only our original decision but proud that we were right and that Jeremy should be allowed to do the job we elected him to do until it is achieved.'
ASLEF on the EU vote
24 Jun 2016As a trade union which backed a vote to leave the European Union we acknowledge the decision the people of the United Kingdom have taken. ASLEF respects the self-determination of the British people. Todayís verdict reflects the inability of successive governments to meet the aspirations of people particularly in providing affordable housing and secure employment. There has also been a failure to make the case for immigration. These reasons underpinned a deeply divisive referendum campaign. ASLEF will continue to campaign to protect workersí rights in the UK and abroad and to safeguard our vital public services including the NHS. International solidarity between British workers and European workers existed long before the European Union and will continue long into the future.
Consent Order
22 Jun 2016
Colas Rail drivers vote to strike
16 Jun 2016ASLEF members in Colas Rail have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in a dispute concerning holiday pay and establishments, abrogation of agreements and associated safety issues. 91.4% of members voted Yes to taking part in industrial action short of a strike and 82.9% voted Yes to taking part in a strike. Driver members employed by Cola IM will be withdrawing their labour for turns booking on between 00:01 and 23:59 on Friday 24th June 2016 and will not be working any overtime from 00:01 on Saturday 25th June 2016, with further dates to be advised.
Joint Union Statement Supporting a Leave Vote
8 Jun 2016Joint statement between ASLEF, the RMT and BFAWU.
Renationalise rail freight
8 Jun 2016Train drivers union ASLEF has urged the Labour Party to renationalise the rail freight sector. The union made the call in its response to the partyís policy review.
Transport Select Committee
7 Jun 2016ASLEF has submitted its evidence to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into rail franchising.
Tramlink strike
6 Jun 2016ASLEF members on London Tramlink will strike on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June after a 100% Yes vote for action in a dispute over pay. Tram services are operated, under TfL branding, by FirstGroup, a multinational company whose chief executive Tim OíToole had his salary doubled to £2,000,000 per annum.
High Court
3 Jun 2016Regarding: Trade dispute between ASLEF and GTR Southern / Gatwick Express. The extension of Driver Only Operation (Passenger) without the agreement of ASLEF and contrary to established procedures.
Val to get transport back on track
25 May 2016Mick Whelan has welcomed the appointment of Val Shawcross as Deputy Mayor for Transport in London. Val, a former London Assembly Member, joins Sadiq Khanís team at City Hall to try and get the capitalís public transport system back on track. Val was first elected to the London Assembly in 2000 and represented Lambeth & Southwark for 16 years until standing down in May. Before that she served on Croydon council from 1994 to 2000. 'Val lives and breathes the capital,' said Mick, 'understands transport, and has routinely tackled TfL bosses on the affordability of the capitalís transport network, and on issues of accessibility. We know Val well and we know what a good job she is going to do. Itís a great appointment by Sadiq and shows how he is determined to deliver on his campaign promises to do something about transport and housing in London. At last London has a mayor, and now a deputy mayor for transport, who will work with us, rather than against us, to deliver for passengers and give Londoners the transport system that a world-class capital city deserves.í