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Mick on the march
17 Oct 2014'Many of you will be getting ready to march in London with the ASLEF contingent, and the rest of the trade union movement, tomorrow demanding that Britain needs a pay rise,' says GS Mick Whelan. 'It can only be of benefit to the whole economy to treat all workers with dignity and reinvigorate the British economy by increasing the spending power of decent working families. Thanking you all in advance for your support and solidarity and hoping, this time, the media actually report a major demonstration but, more importantly, the politicians listen.'
ASLEF says support the NHS strike
13 Oct 2014NHS hospital staff, including nurses, paramedics, ambulance crews and midwives are striking this morning for the first time in 32 years. Strike action is taking place between 7am and 11am today. During the rest of the week NHS unions are urging all of their members to take the breaks they are entitled to, including meal breaks. Urgent and emergency services are not affected.
ASLEF condemns decision to sell off government stake in Eurostar
13 Oct 2014Despite huge public support for taking the railways back into public ownership, George Osborne has decided to sell off the UK government's stake in Eurostar.
ASLEF condemns new rail franchise schedule
10 Oct 2014The Department for Transportís Prior information notice (PIN) which sets out the rail franchising timetable from 2014 was published today. Ten franchises have now been granted direct awards or interim contracts.
ASLEF condemns Scottish rail franchise award
8 Oct 2014ASLEF has condemned the rushed decision to award a 10-year ScotRail franchise to run from spring next year.
Hope for Christmas benefit gig
7 Oct 2014ASLEF, the FBU, GMB, Hope Not Hate and Thompsons solicitors are co-sponsoring a benefit gig on the 12th December 2014, to provide a bit of help for those who need it, to campaign for change, and stand up to bullies.
Rail unions call on Scottish government to act
7 Oct 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF; Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT; and Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA; have written to MSPs at Holyrood ahead of an imminent decision regarding the winning bidder for the ScotRail franchise following which the successful operator will be awarded a ten year contract starting in the spring. They say: 'We are concerned that this will mean Scotlandís railways remain privatised for another decade. You will appreciate that, as part of the new devolution settlement for Scotland, there are commitments to further devolve responsibility on rail so the Scottish government can decide if it wishes to run ScotRail services in the public sector. We are concerned that these new powers to determine Scottish rail services will be meaningless if the winning bidder is announced this month with the contract due to commence in April 2015. You may also be aware that, legally, the Scottish government can vary, suspend or terminate the ScotRail tendering process at any time up to the notification of the successful bidder. We are therefore calling on the Scottish government to withhold notifying a successful bidder and instead allow the franchise to continue until later in 2015 when the new Scottish Act will be implemented and the Scottish government will have the power to run ScotRail services in the public sector. We also urge the Scottish government to use these new developments to review the decision to notify the winning bidder for the Caledonian Sleeper franchise, which is also due to start in April 2015.'
ITF 2014 Action Week & WDDW
6 Oct 2014This week, from the 6-12 October 2014, the International Transport Federation are organising activities for their annual ITF Action Week under the slogan 'Transport workers fighting back! Organising globally!' Throughout the week member unions will be organising a variety of activities to highlight important issues that affect road transport and railway workers, and to emphasise the importance of belonging to a union.
Remembering Ladbroke Grove
6 Oct 2014Just before 08:10 on the 5th of October 1999, 31 people died and hundreds were injured when two trains collided at Ladbroke Grove. ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said Ďour thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones in at Ladbroke Grove and the railway and emergency services workers whose lives were affected.í
Union welcomes Scottish Co-operative Party calls for suspension of ScotRail franchise process
3 Oct 2014ASLEF has today welcomed the Scottish Co-operative Partyís support for the suspension of the ScotRail franchise process until the new powers for the Scottish Parliament are settled. The Co-opís demand comes following a similar call by unions and politicians earlier this week.