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Style trumps substance on Serco sleeper services
18 Dec 2014Serco, which won the franchise to run the Caledonian sleeper service, has been trumpeting its new staff uniforms – before it has any staff to run the sleeper service.
Obama's decision
18 Dec 2014ASLEF has welcomed Barack Obama’s decision to free the remaining three of the Miami 5 in jail in the United State and to normalise relations with Cuba after 50 years.
Public Accounts Committee condemns DfT
17 Dec 2014Mick Whelan has spoken out after the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee criticised the Department for Transport for its procurement policies. Margaret Hodge, chair, said today: 'The Department for Transport’s decision to buy the new trains for Intercity Express and Thameslink itself has left the taxpayer bearing all the risk.'
Now transport committees condemn RDG group chair
12 Dec 2014Yesterday we reported the remarkable comments by Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach, and chair of the Rail Delivery Group, that he was underpaid. As The Guardian told its readers, Mr Griffiths, a man not blessed with much self-awareness, takes home £2.2 million each year. Mick Whelan raised a gentle eyebrow yesterday over his extraordinary belief that he's underpaid. And today transport committees have joined in, too.
Clapham rail crash
12 Dec 2014Today, on the 26th anniversary of the Clapham rail crash, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: ‘Our thoughts at this time are with the families who lost their loved ones.’
Stagecoach boss claims he's underpaid
11 Dec 2014Quote of the day comes from Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach, and chair of the Rail Delivery Group, which lobbies on behalf of the privatised train companies, who claims he's underpaid. Speaking to Gwyn Topham in The Guardian, he says: ‘I’ll tell you, for the risk we run, and the management effort my team put in, we get underpaid.’ This from a man who picked up a staggering £2.2 million last year and who represents companies for whom there is, of course, no risk. 'How much more than the average bus driver does he earn for this risk?' asks Mick Whelan.
Calling for a debate on firefighter pensions
8 Dec 2014Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep us safe but their pensions are under attack by the government. Fire Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP has ignored the concerns of firefighters and the FBU by saying that no further offer will be made.
Mick hits out at fare rise in January
5 Dec 2014Mick Whelan has spoken out after the announcement today that rail fares will rise by 2.2% in January. He said: ‘Once more, the most expensive railway in Europe continues to penalise the travelling public at a time when most families are struggling to make ends meet. More people will fall into the travel poverty trap. And employers and employees will be hit by this poor decision.’
Nearly two thirds of people back publicly owned rail
3 Dec 2014A YouGov survey for the Times this week found that 59% of people support renationalising the railways with 56% of respondents in favour of taking back ownership of the utilities. Additionally nearly half of the 2067 people surveyed want the private sector to be less involved in the NHS.
World AIDS Day 2014
1 Dec 2014World AIDS Day is an opportunity to reflect on the bravery and compassion of those who have contributed to the struggle against HIV and the continued importance of working together to achieve our goal. The current Ebola outbreak is a reminder of the early days of HIV when we had no treatments to offer and little understanding about transmission.