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Crisis talks at EWS

12 December 2008

EWS management have been engaging ASLEF and the other rail unions in urgent talks as they prepare their proposals to deal with the current economic downturn.   Senior EWS managers explained to union company council, officers and EC members how the economic crisis in the UK has greatly impacted on...

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Heathrow extension decision delayed

04 December 2008

The Department for Transport has decided to delay its decision on whether a third runway should be built at Heathrow. Keith Norman welcomed the Prime Minister’s assurance that a final decision will only be made after full consideration of the environmental implications. ‘If this is the case, I am confident...

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Scots launch ‘stop violence’ campaign

02 December 2008

Under the rallying cry ‘Spread some Joy this Christmas – Respect Scotland’s transport workers’, ASLEF in Scotland has, with the transport section of the Unite union, launched a campaign to ensure the safety of transport staff. Yesterday morning some 50 train drivers and the same number of bus drivers passed...

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Union helps sponsor Kindertransport event

02 December 2008

Seventy years ago today – on 2 December 1938 – 200 children stepped from a train at Liverpool Street station. They were the first of 10,000 mainly Jewish children to arrive in this country fleeing the Nazis. ASLEF helped to sponsor a theatre event at the station to commemorate the...

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‘Conflict of interest’ in ScotRail franchise

28 November 2008

Financial reports seldom raise the temperature – but an Audit Scotland report on the First ScotRail passenger rail franchise is causing a storm. Transport Scotland's finance director Guy Houston has resigned today after suggestions of conflicts of interest because he owns shares in one of the bidding companies. Train drivers...

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