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ASLEF slams TfL waste of money
24 Oct 2014Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has hit out at Transport for London for wasting taxpayers' money after it coughed up £80 million to a company which failed to deliver on an important contract. “Three years ago Bombardier were awarded the contract to replace and upgrade the signalling on the sub-surface railway, which includes the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines on the London Underground. By December last year it was clear that Bombardier was not going to deliver and the decision was taken to cancel the contract. But I don't understand why TfL wants to reward failure rather than success. It's outrageous that TfL are wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers' and passengers' money.” The London Assembly Transport Committee has also said it was surprised and disappointed that TfL paid Bombardier to end the signalling contract for sub-surface lines. The committee asked why the company's “woeful failure” was rewarded with “a fat cheque”.
Union concerned at rising rail suicides
23 Oct 2014The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) have released statistics on annual fatalities, showing an increase in suicides on the railway over recent years. A closer look also reveals that there were 28 suspected suicides in July and 29 in August, up from the monthly average of 23 over the past year.
Lobby of Parliament over Northern & Transpennine Express Franchises
23 Oct 2014Join ASLEF and the RMT on the 4 November 2014.
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 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 Transport’s 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 Scotland’s 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.'