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ASLEF supports a well staffed and safe Night Tube
18 Aug 2016Ahead of its eventual launch tomorrow, ASLEF welcomes the arrival of Night Tube on the Victoria and Central lines. If the previous Mayor had been less confrontational and prepared to listen to staff and trade unions instead of playing political games, London would have had all night tube services much sooner.
Action for Rail
16 Aug 2016Rail fares have increased at double the speed of wages since 2010, according to new analysis released today by the TUC and the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign. Analysis shows that rail fares have risen by 25% in the last six years, while average weekly earnings have only grown by 12%. The findings come as the government is set to announce another round of regulated rail fare increases for the coming year. And as fares rise, dividends paid to shareholders of private train companies have soared by 21% in the last year to £222 million.
Pricing people off the railway
15 Aug 2016Rail fares have increased at double the speed of wages since 2010, according to new analysis released tomorrow by the TUC. Analysis shows thatfares have risen by 25% in the last six years, while average weekly earnings have only grown by 12%. The findings come as the government gets set to announce another round of regulated rail fare increases for the coming year. And as fares for passengers rise, dividends paid to shareholders of private train companies soared by 21% in the last 12 months to £222 million.
Appeal Court
12 Aug 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after the Appeal Court decision this afternoon on voting in the Labour leadership contest. Mick said: ‘This is a sad day for democracy and makes a mockery of the efforts we have made to get people to participate in our parliamentary democracy, to become members of our political party, and to play a full part in the political process. We urged people to join, and play a part, and now the Appeal Court has ruled that they cannot vote. It’s a decision that will lead to even greater disenchantment with the political process, not just for the 130,000 members of the Labour Party who have been disenfranchised today, but for all the other people who have seen what has happened.’
Solidarity with members in Colas IM
10 Aug 2016ASLEF stands by our members in Colas Infrastructure Monitoring who have taken industrial action to defend safety, agreements and jobs.
Mick welcomes High Court verdict
8 Aug 2016Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, welcomed the High Court decision today in favour of five Labour Party members and their right to vote in the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. Mick said: ‘This is a victory for democracy, and a victory for common sense. The judge could see that the decision not to allow these five members – and the tens of thousands on whose behalf they brought this action – was wrong in principal and wrong in law. We believe in democracy in this country and it is right that people who are members of the Labour Party, and not in breach of the party’s rules, should have the right to participate fully in the discussions, debates, and elections of the party. And that includes the right to elect the leader of the Labour Party, who some in the parliamentary party and doing their best to undermine.’
Passionate appeal for party unity
8 Aug 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has made a passionate appeal for unity and called on the Labour Party to drop its planned appeal against today’s High Court decision in favour of five Labour Party members and their right to vote in the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. Mick said: ‘Today’s decision in the High Court was a victory for democracy, and a victory for common sense, and the Labour Party should accept that decision. We think it is morally wrong for the party to set member against member, and squander £200,000 plus of party members’ hard-earned money, on an appeal which it is doomed lose. What a waste of time, of effort, and of money! ‘It’s time for all of us in the Labour Party to come together and fight the Tories, rather than fighting each other, to win the next general election and then to build a better Britain. Because the Labour Party, since it was founded more than 100 years ago, has always been a broad church. Of course we have different views, on some things, but we have much, much more in common with each other. That’s why the party should drop the appeal, accept the judge’s decision, and let the democratic wishes of party members prevail.’
GTR Southern and Gatwick Express: Breakdown in industrial relations
3 Aug 2016Ongoing issues in respect of discussions regarding the GTR’s imposition of new rosters to facilitate the introduction of an emergency timetable remain unresolved. ASLEF’s Executive Committee consider that this amounts to a breakdown in industrial relations. Mick Whelan, general secretary, will therefore be giving the Head of Employee Relations for GTR, statutory notice of ASLEF’s intention to ballot Driver members employed by GTR Southern & Gatwick Express, for strike action and for action short of a strike. The closing date for the return of ballot papers is to be 10:00 hrs on Wednesday 31st August 2016.
Davey Hopper tribute
28 Jul 2016Labour movement activists - including a sizeable contingent from ASLEF - are gathering in Durham today to pay tribute to Dave Hopper, secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association, who died unexpectedly on 16 July. Davey was elected general secretary of the Durham area NUM in 1985 and led the union through the difficult years after the bitter miners’ strike of 1984/85 and the closure of the Durham coalfield. 'Davey was was an inspirational leader who held firm to his deeply felt socialist principles all his life,' said Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF. 'Just a week before he died Davey presided over the 132nd Miners ’Gala – the 31st on his tour of duty – which attracted the biggest crowd in 60 years,' said EC president Tosh McDonald. 'That achievement, as well as the Big Meetings to come, are Davey's legacy to the labour movement.' There is a celebration of Davey's life in Durham this afternoon ahead of a humanist funeral tomorrow. Mick said: 'Our thoughts are with Davey's family and friends at this difficult time.'
Mick welcomes High Court ruling
28 Jul 2016Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, welcomed the High Court decision today to reject a challenge to Labour’s decision to let Jeremy Corbyn automatically stand for re-election as leader. He said: ‘The judge saw this for what it was – a specious, and sneaky, bid to prevent the Labour Party coming to a democratic decision and electing the leader. As a member of the Labour Party I’m proud to be backing Jeremy and as a trade union we know he is the best man to lead Labour into the next election. Jeremy is proud to talk about public ownership. He understands how ordinary people are suffering in this Conservative Age of Austerity. He wants to rebuild Britain as a fairer, and more modern society, and a more productive economy, that delivers for all the people in the 21st century. Jeremy is the democratically-elected leader of the Labour Party and we think he will be elected again this summer. I wish some people, in the PLP and elsewhere, would spend less time undermining him and more time turning their collective fire on the Tories.’