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Agreement reached with Scotrail
19 Sep 2016ASLEF and Scotrail have, in principle, reached an agreement on the conversion of existing diesel routes for electric rolling stock. The Agreement, which will apply to Scotrail services on the newly electrified routes, is expected to be ratified by ASLEF’s Executive Committee tomorrow morning. The agreement retains conventional staffing of the electric trains and guarantees that drivers will continue to energise doors while conductors will perform platform interface duties and close doors, before signalling to the driver that it is safe to depart.
Tuesday at the TUC
14 Sep 2016Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, chaired a packed Justice for Colombia fringe meeting at lunchtime. Speakers included Mariela Kohon, director of JfC; Simon Dubbins of Unite; and Steve Cavalier, chief executive of Thompsons solicitors. Simon Weller, assistant general secretary, spoke on the platform at a Trade Unions Against the EU fringe meeting in the Old Ship Hotel; EC1 Marz Colombini made several telling contributions from the floor. Simon was also re-elected to the general council of the TUC; he topped the poll in his section.
Tosh sets record straight
14 Sep 2016Tosh McDonald, ASLEF’s president, today set the record straight after misleading reports about what he said at a Labour Representation Committee fringe at the Friends’ Meeting House on Monday night.
Monday at the TUC
13 Sep 2016A busy Monday for ASLEF at the TUC in Brighton. Dave Calfe, speaking from the podium on Monday morning, made a passionate case for motion 63 opposing the sale of Britain's public land; Paul Cutmore, at the podium on Monday afternoon, spoke on composite 3, supporting a modern industrial strategy for Britain; and Ian Thompson, addressing congress on Monday afternoon, spoke about the importance of steel on composite 4. On Monday night there was a packed Action for Rail meeting on privatisation; Mick Whelan spoke at a solidarity meeting for Cuba and Venezuela; and Tosh McDonald spoke at a Labour Representation Committee meeting at the Friends' Meeting House.
ASLEF at the TUC
11 Sep 2016ASLEF has sent five delegates - general secretary Mick Whelan; assistant general secretary Simon Weller; EC vice-president Dave Calfe; Paul Cutmore from Chingford branch; and Ian Thompson from Treherbert branch - to the 148th Trades Union Congress in Brighton.
District 6 District Officer (re)election.
9 Sep 2016Dicky Fisher has been re-elected unopposed for a second term as District 6 Organiser. ‘I would like to thank all those who nominated me,’ he said. ‘And look forward to continuing to work hard for all our members.
Adam Smith's proposals for Network Rail
7 Sep 2016Tomorrow (Thursday) the Adam Smith Institute, a neo-liberal right-wing think tank, will call for 'Network Fail' to be part-privatised. Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, was incredulous when he heard about their proposals.
Join Mick at Burston
4 Sep 2016Join GS Mick Whelan at the Burston strike school rally in Norfolk today. Mick is a speaker, along with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, and TUC president Liz Snape, at the celebration which starts at 10.45am and finishes at 4pm. It's at Crown Green, Burston, near Diss. The rally will be chaired by Megan Dobney, regional secretary of the TUC, and Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. Entertainment will be provided by Attila the Stockbroker; Red Flags; the NAS/UWT brass band; the Banner Theatre 1 May band; and Steve White & the Protest Family. There's a food and beer tent; campaign and community stalls; and a good time is always had by all.
Burston strike school rally
3 Sep 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF; Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell; and TUC president Liz Snape are the speakers at the Burston strike school rally from 10.45am to 4pm tomorrow (Sunday) at Crown Green, Burston, near Diss, in Norfolk. The rally will be chaired by Megan Dobney, regional secretary of the TUC, and Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. Entertainment will be provided by Attila the Stockbroker; Red Flags; the NAS/UWT brass band; the Banner Theatre 1 May band; and Steve White & the Protest Family. There's a food and beer tent; campaign and community stalls; and a good time is always had by all.
Southern profit from failure
2 Sep 2016After this morning's announcement that GTR's profits are up 27% Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘This is like living with Alice in Wonderland! A company, which has failed to deliver for passengers every day for the last year, and which only yesterday got its snout back in the public trough, with another generous pile of taxpayers’ cash, courtesy of a compliant DfT, has just announced record profits for its shareholders! David Brown is, apparently, set to turn down his bonus and salary increase; but shouldn’t he, and all the directors, be handing back their salaries after another year of failure? Because Southern is a company which has shown this year that it cannot - or will not - deliver on its franchise commitments. It is failing to deliver for passengers, it is letting down the government, it is selling the British taxpayer short. And morale among staff - the men and women who work hard, who take real pride in their job, and who want to deliver a first class public service but are prevented by the hapless management at Southern - is, not surprisingly, at rock bottom. It’s time for the company to hand back the keys and for this franchise to be run by people who know what they are doing and who will - like East Coast when it was in public hands - return money to the Treasury, not take it out of the industry.’