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Manchester NHS Demo

30 September 2013

Mick Whelan has thanked all the ASLEF members who turned up to protest at the coalition government’s NHS cuts in Manchester on Sunday. ‘The Tories’ Age of Austerity is having a devastating effect on our communities and on our services. It is wrecking this country at a time when we...

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Balcombe Tunnel

30 September 2013

Balcombe Tunnel 30 Sep 2013 Mick Whelan has reacted with ‘disgust and dismay’ at the revelation that passengers and train crew on the busy London to Brighton line could have been killed because of years of maintenance work failures on Balcombe Tunnel, near Crawley, in West Sussex. Mick said:...

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East Coast

30 September 2013

East Coast 30 Sep 2013 Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has reacted to news that Eurostar is bidding to run the East Coast Main Line. The firm has announced it will launch a joint bid with the French company Keolis to run the rail...

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Public Ownership

30 September 2013

Tosh McDonald, ASLEF’s vice-president, got a standing ovation from delegates at the Labour Party conference on Wednesday morning when, at short notice, he was called from the conference floor to the podium to second the TSSA’s emergency motion calling for public ownership of the railways. He said: ‘The Tories are...

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Best way to spend £50 billion

24 September 2013

Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, in his keynote speech to conference about stability and prosperity during the plenary session on the One Nation economy, called into question the Labour Party’s commitment to HS2. He said: ‘We support investment in better transport links for the future. And we continue to back...

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