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central line
27 Aug 2014Six days after LUL management ended talks at ACAS, ASLEF has still not been contacted by the company to discuss the fundamental issues that led to last Friday’s strike on the Central line in London. The 24 hour walkout was 100% solidly supported by our members and led to an almost total shut down of the Central line – regarded as the backbone of the Underground network in the capital – and the Waterloo & City line. Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s District Organiser, said: ‘The issues at the heart of this dispute – treatment of staff; failing to stick to agreements made; and cuts in safety training – aren’t going to go away. London Underground says this is an unnecessary strike, but they don’t seem prepared to deal with the problems we have raised or even to get around the table.’ If there is no resolution to the dispute, the union’s executive committee has advised London Underground that our members on the Central and Waterloo & City lines will again withdraw their labour between 00.01 and 23.59 on Wednesday 17 September.
Central line strike
22 Aug 2014There was chaos in central London this morning as the Central line ground to a halt after ASLEF drivers went on strike in a long-running dispute with management. ‘We had massive support from our members this morning,’ said Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s District Organiser. ‘Not a single ASLEF driver went to work on the Central line today.’
ASLEF activists make an impact
21 Aug 2014Congratulations all of our members and supporters who were out alongside other Action for Rail campaigners at over 60 stations across the UK on Tuesday. It was a very successful day of action in terms of handing out postcards, talking to passengers and getting a wide range of media coverage. And already 800 online letters have been emailed to MPs.
Rise in sexual assaults on the railway must spell an end to cutting staff on trains and stations.
21 Aug 2014Figures from the British Transport Police have shown an increase of 20.8% in recorded sexual offenses on the UK railway. There were 1,117 incidents in the 12 months ending March 2014, with crimes against both men and women on the rise.
Network Rail & FoI
20 Aug 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after reports that David Cameron has decided that Network Rail, which will be brought back into public ownership next month, will not be covered by the Freedom of Information Act. Mick said: ‘Network Rail, in a couple of weeks, is going back on the books as a public body. We think it’s great that 50% of Britain’s railways are to be brought back into public ownership – and we think it’s ironic that such a big chunk of the railway is to be renationalised by a Tory government! – but it’s wrong that Network Rail is to be excluded from Freedom of Information. Why? What has this government got to hide? What are they not telling us? And what do the Conservatives not want us to know?’ Network Rail will be reclassified as a public body on 1 September. Two newspapers – the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, clearly well-briefed by sources inside Downing Street – have reported that while the energy companies will now be covered by FoI, the Prime Minister has blocked moves to include Network Rail.
Claire Perry's comfortable commute
20 Aug 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned controversial comments by junior transport minister Claire Perry. Ms Perry, who earned a six figure salary working as a banker with Bank of America, McKinsey and Credit Suisse before becoming Conservative MP for Devizes at the last general election, offered the extraordinary opinion, on the day it was announced that rail fares are set to soar way above inflation in January, that passengers ‘should realise they’re paying fair fares for a comfortable commute.’
All on board for public ownership
19 Aug 2014Action for Rail called a day of action today to call for fair fares and public ownership of our railways in response to today’s announcement of the inflation figure to be used to calculate increases in regulated fares. New fare prices, which will come into force in January 2015, will increase by an average of 3.5% with some increasing by even more.
ASLEF welcomes Priv Rate Extension
19 Aug 2014ATOC have announced that from 7 September, the “Priv” rate entitling rail staff to a 75% discount will be extended to include off-peak tickets on a year’s trial.
Central line strike
18 Aug 2014Members of ASLEF on London Underground’s Central line will strike this Friday 22 August in a dispute caused by the continued failure of management to adhere to agreements made with this trade union. The strike follows a vote of more than 90% in favour of industrial action. Finn Brennan, District 8 Organiser, said: 'This dispute has been brought about by management intransigence on a range of issues, but at its heart is management’s refusal to treat drivers with the respect and dignity they deserve at work. Our members will not tolerate a situation where vulnerable people leave sickness review meetings in tears and drivers with years and years of good and long service are threatened with disciplinary action for a delay of 33 seconds in leaving a terminus. LUL is also cutting annual refresher training for drivers on the Central line by 20%. This flies in the face of recommendations made by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in its report into the ‘uncontrolled evacuation’ of a train at Holland Park last August(http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/140728_R162014_Holland_Park.pdf) which recommended staff on the line needed additional training.' Further talks are scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
Forward thinking for a better rail service
12 Aug 2014If you believe that the railway is a public service which should be publicly-owned, publicly-accountable, and publicly-run, join us on the 19 August: