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DfT scraps network upgrades
25 Jun 2015Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned Patrick McLoughlin’s decision to scrap plans for the electrification of the Midland main line from London to Sheffield. The Secretary of State for Transport said soaring costs and missed targets make Tory pledges of a £38.5 billion investment plan in the railway industry untenable.
ASLEF's response to LU's Night Tube map
21 Jun 2015London Underground tomorrow launches its official Night Tube map in a blaze of publicity - knowing full well that it won't be able to implement its proposals unless it sits down and does a deal with the men and women it wants to drive the trains through the night.
ASLEF backs Jeremy Corbyn
19 Jun 2015ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, is backing Jeremy Corbyn to become leader of the Labour Party.Jeremy, 66, has been MP for Islington North sine 1983. He is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and the Labour Representation Committee. Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘We are supporting Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to become leader of the Labour Party because we believe he has the character, the vision, and the policies to deliver for all the people of this country. Jeremy understands what Labour has to do to win back the hearts, the minds, and the votes of ordinary working people in Britain.’ Jeremy is one of four candidates who are standing. The others are Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘ASLEF is an excellent campaigning union and I am delighted to receive their endorsement. I have campaigned alongside them for the public ownership of the railways, for better rights for people at work, and against the policies of austerity that are damaging our country.  ‘Our campaign will seek to engage with ASLEF’s 20,000 members for a Labour Party that stands up for them, and for all working people.’
Overwhelming vote for strike action on Tube
18 Jun 2015ASLEF members on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over the company’s decision to try to force through, without negotiation, new rosters which would mean Tube drivers will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, were asked two questions.
Our trains are assets, not commodities
16 Jun 2015Britain's trains are assets that belong to the country, not commodities to be bought and sold, says Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, who has condemned plans, leaked today, to sell one-third of Britain’s rolling stock to a consortium of secretive investors from Abu Dhabi and Australia.
Orgreave
12 Jun 2015Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has spoken out after the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the police watchdog, announced this morning that there will not be an investigation into South Yorkshire Police's handling of the violent clashes between police and miners at the Orgreave coking plant in 1984.
ASLEF reaction to Greater Anglia shortlist
2 Jun 2015The Department for Transport has announced a shortlist of three train operating companies – Abellio East Anglia; First East Anglia; and National Express – for the Greater Anglia franchise. Rail Minister Claire Perry claims they have ‘ambitious plans for the franchise.’
PSC lobby of Parliament & trade union conference
1 Jun 2015ASLEF's Mick Whelan will be speaking at the Trade Union Conference on Palestine on the 4th July and union members will be attending the National Lobby of Parliament on the 23 June 2015, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).
Mick on Queen's Speech
27 May 2015Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has roundly condemned the Conservative government’s attack on trade union rights in today’s Queen’s speech.
Quintinshill Rail Disaster: 100 Years On
22 May 2015The worst rail crash in this country is remembered today on the centenary of the tragedy. On 22 May 1915 three trains crashed at Quintinshill Bridge near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire.