Current campaigns

Campaigning is ASLEF's core activity. Whether we are pressing for improvements in wages or conditions in a single company, arguing for a change in legislation to benefit our members, seeking justice for the underprivileged in this country or the abused abroad - we are on the campaign trail.

ASLEF is a founder member of Action for Rail a joint union campaign for a better future for Britain’s railways. We are also active in the Freight on Rail campaign which works to promote the economic,social and environmental benefits of rail freight. Other key campaigning initiatives currently include improvements to cab conditions, pensions and travel facilities. We try to make our campaigns innovative and eye-catching, and employ a range of tactics from Parliamentary lobbies and public demonstrations, to organisation of seminars and the production of literature. We believe that a union that ceases to campaign ceases to exist: and that any organisation committed to justice and equality will never have to look far for a cause that deserves our support.

Below are our current Campaigns...

 

 

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SQUASH Campaign

31 October 2017

ASLEF is relaunching its celebrated SQUASH campaign to persuade the freight and train operating companies and the Department for Transport to bring drivers’ cabs into the 21st century and ensure they are ‘Safe, Quiet, User-friendly, Aired, Specially Seated and Healthy’.   Keith Norman, general secretary when the original campaign ran...

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Mind the gag campaign

05 July 2017

At ASLEF’s AAD conference in May 2017 the union launched its new campaign, ‘Mind the Gag!’ which challenges inappropriate language and promotes dignity and respect in workplaces. Not all banter is funny #mindthegag The campaign is a joint initiative between the LGBT, women and black & ethnic...

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Campaign for Better Transport Petition

02 February 2017

The Campaign for Better Transport has launched a petition to ask MPs to keep longer lorries out of our towns. The Government has decided to allow 1,000 additional longer lorries onto UK roads as part of a trial. These lorries are almost six times more likely than cars to be...

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Lets talk about racism at work

03 January 2017

TUC survey on Racism at Work. The trade union movement is committed to eradicating racism in the workplace. However, for many workers experiencing racism at work is part of their everyday life. This may take the form of racial harassment from a manager, colleague, customer, or client and can result...

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Trauma support and suicide prevention

10 October 2014

Since 2010 ASLEF has played a leading role in the development of a Network Rail and Samaritans suicide prevention programme which aims to reduce the number of railway suicides and to improve the support available to those affected by them. There are over 210 suicides a year on...

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