Northern Rail industrial action suspended

The two strikes planned on Northern Rail [on Friday 21 November and Thursday 27 November] have been suspended, after progressive talks, pending a meeting of ASLEF's executive committee tomorrow [Tuesday].

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Style trumps substance on Serco sleeper services

18 December 2014

Serco, which won the franchise to run the Caledonian sleeper service, has been trumpeting its new staff uniforms – before it has any staff to run the sleeper service. The firm proudly announced,under the heading ‘Award winning luxury fashion label to design uniforms for the Caledonian sleeper’: ‘Serco has...

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Obama's decision

18 December 2014

ASLEF has welcomed Barack Obama’s decision to free the remaining three of the Miami 5 in jail in the United State and to normalise relations with Cuba after 50 years. Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, who has frequently spoken on Cuba Solidarity platforms, says: ‘This decision is way,way overdue, but it is to be applauded all the same. This historic deal, which includes releasing three innocent men, rights an historic wrong. The US has tried to undermine – and invade – Cuba but the policy has been a failed policy. Now Cuba, and the United States, have a chance to move on.’

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Public Accounts Committee condemns DfT

17 December 2014

Mick Whelan has spoken out after the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee criticised the Department for Transport for its procurement policies. Margaret Hodge, chair, said today: 'The Department for Transport’s decision to buy the new trains for Intercity Express and Thameslink itself has left the taxpayer bearing all...

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Now transport committees condemn RDG group chair

12 December 2014

Yesterday we reported the remarkable comments by Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach, and chair of the Rail Delivery Group, that he was underpaid. As The Guardian told its readers, Mr Griffiths, a man not blessed with much self-awareness, takes home £2.2 million each year. Mick Whelan raised a...

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Clapham rail crash

12 December 2014

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