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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.’
ASLEF backs Jeremy [again]
27 Jul 2016ASLEF’s executive committee, meeting today, has unanimously endorsed Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to be re-elected leader of the Labour Party.
Mick to speak at Burston
26 Jul 2016Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, is to speak at the Burston strike school rally at Crown Green, Burston, near Diss, in Norfolk on Sunday 4 September to celebrate the longest strike in British history.
Wilkinson says sorry [at last]
21 Jul 2016Peter Wilkinson, the DfT official who earlier this year called train drivers ‘muppets’, lied about drivers’ salaries, and got a string of facts about the railway wrong, finally apologised for his ill-considered and intemperate remarks when he was hauled before the Transport Select Committee at the House of Commons yesterday. Wilkinson, who earns £265,000 a year as director of rail passenger services at the Department for Transport, recanted for saying, at a public meeting in Croydon on 18 February hosted by Conservative MP Gavin Barwell, that he wanted a ‘punch-up’ with the rail unions, would force us into a strike, and then break us, and drive us out of what he curiously, as a public servant, referred to as ‘my industry’.
Davey Hopper RIP
17 Jul 2016Davey Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners, passed away at 4pm yesterday. Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: 'Friends can never be replaced but can be honoured and placed in our tradition as an example to everyone.' Tosh McDonald, ASLEF's president, said: 'Davey Hopper was a true working-class hero.' Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's organiser in Scotland, said: 'Very sad news for everyone in our movement.'
Claire Perry
15 Jul 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, has spoken out after Rail Minister Claire Perry resigned from the government in the wake of the fiasco on Southern Railways.
Jeremy Corbyn
12 Jul 2016ASLEF, as a trade union affiliated to the Labour Party, is disappointed that, just when we should be turning our fire on the Conservative government, a decision has been taken to challenge the leader of our party who was only elected, with overwhelming support, ten months ago.
Tubelines strike
12 Jul 2016ASLEF's executive committee has called two 24 hour strikes on Tubelines. Members will not be booking on between 15.00 hrs on Friday 22 July and 14.59 hrs on Saturday 23 July; and between 15.00 hrs on Friday 19 August and 14.59 on Saturday 20 August. This follows a ballot over the company’s failure to make a satisfactory pay offer. The ballot closed on 11 July and the result was for action short of a strike For: 97.9% Against 2.1%. For a strike For: 98% Against 2.0% Turnout was 62.8%.
Jeremy must be on the ballot
11 Jul 2016As Angela Eagle launched her leadership bid, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, urged Labour Party members to rally behind party leader Jeremy Corbyn – and told MPs that Jeremy must be on the ballot paper.