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Val to get transport back on track
25 May 2016Mick Whelan has welcomed the appointment of Val Shawcross as Deputy Mayor for Transport in London. Val, a former London Assembly Member, joins Sadiq Khan’s team at City Hall to try and get the capital’s public transport system back on track. Val was first elected to the London Assembly in 2000 and represented Lambeth & Southwark for 16 years until standing down in May. Before that she served on Croydon council from 1994 to 2000. 'Val lives and breathes the capital,' said Mick, 'understands transport, and has routinely tackled TfL bosses on the affordability of the capital’s transport network, and on issues of accessibility. We know Val well and we know what a good job she is going to do. It’s a great appointment by Sadiq and shows how he is determined to deliver on his campaign promises to do something about transport and housing in London. At last London has a mayor, and now a deputy mayor for transport, who will work with us, rather than against us, to deliver for passengers and give Londoners the transport system that a world-class capital city deserves.’
ASLEF drivers vote to strike
23 May 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary, has welcomed the strong mandate from GTR Southern & Gatwick Express members who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking action over the dispute concerning the extension of driver only operations. 95.8% of our members voted Yes to taking part in industrial action short of a strike and 84.4% voted Yes to taking part in a strike, on a turnout of just over 82%.
Croydon Tramlink results
23 May 2016ASLEF members on Croydon Tramlink have returned an astonishing 100% Yes vote in a ballot for strike action over the failure of FirstGroup to make an acceptable pay offer.
Inquiry highlights failure of franchising
23 May 2016The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced an investigation into the Department for Transport’s decision to award the Northern Rail franchise to Arriva. The company runs the Cross Country franchise and a number of bus routes in the region. The CMA is concerned that Arriva’s substantial share of transport in the north may be anti-competitive and could lead to higher prices and a reduction in services.
ASLEF Head Office phone lines
23 May 2016We are currently experiencing problems with the telephones at head office. Not all lines are working and only some calls are getting through.
ASLEF GTR Update
19 May 2016ASLEF is disappointed that GTR is taking legal action against our ballot of Southern and Gatwick Express drivers. We have yet to take any industrial action. The result of the ballot is due on Monday 23rd May following which ASLEF’s Executive Committee will determine the union’s next steps.
Ken Cameron
17 May 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘Everyone here at ASLEF was saddened to learn today of the death of Ken Cameron, former general secretary of the FBU. Ken Cameron was a good man, a good socialist, and a good friend of ASLEF. He was liked and respected by everyone who knew him in the labour movement – I never heard anyone say a bad word about him – and we are all going to miss him and the help and advice he would offer. Ken led the FBU through difficult times, but he was an absolute rock, standing shoulder to shoulder with workers in other trade unions. He was also a great internationalist, and got involved with the struggles of socialists and trade unionists in many countries. Ken helped us set up Justice for Colombia and we all know that the legacy of the man will live on.’
AAD Friday
13 May 2016Paul Routledge, the son of a railwayman, and a journalist who, in a long and distinguished career, has worked for The Times, The Observer, the Independent on Sunday, Daily Mirror, and Huddersfield Examiner, and written books about Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, and Arthur Scargill, was on sparkling form on Friday morning. Paul, who loves railways, and railwaymen, said he had enjoyed ‘listening to the discussions this morning – to the authentic voices of the footplate’ and suggested the TOCs should do a little more of that, too. He held up a copy of the local paper, the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, in which Charlie Whelan, Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor, ‘says ScotRail should be listening to their drivers rather than their accountants.’ He recalled his days working at Westminster, or what he called ‘that mad Gothic shed by the river’, and as an industrial correspondent. ‘Ray Buckton knew how to play the media. He’d get us into the office at Arkwright Road, and say “I’ve never seen the lads so angry – the telegrams are flooding in from every depot!” Great lad, and a great leader of this union.’
Trade unions improve safety
12 May 2016Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has welcomed the news that Britain’s railways are safer today than at any time since the Stockton & Darlington Railway ushered in the railway age nearly 200 years ago. Figures released by the Office of Rail and Road reveal that, for the first time in history, the railways recorded no rail industry-caused fatalities in the year April 2015 – April 2016.
AAD Wednesday
11 May 2016ASLEF’s assembly of delegates – the union’s annual conference – at Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland unanimously backed a motion – moved by Chris Sneddon, Wimbledon, and seconded by Andy Cook, Selhurst – calling for a letter of solidarity to be sent to the RMT in their battle over guards’ jobs with GTR.