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East Coast franchise in doubt again

30 June 2016

Stagecoach published its annual report yesterday and announced it was significantly behind with expected revenues on Virgin Trains East Coast in which it holds a 90% stake. Fifteen months into the franchise the company admitted their pledge to pay the Department for Transport £3.1 billion over eight years looks increasingly...

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ASLEF condemns First Minister on DOO

29 June 2016

ASLEF today condemned First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s misleading answer about DOO on the railway in Scotland. Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘The franchise commitment, signed off by her government, only state there should – not must – be a second person on a train. I have provided...

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PM gets it wrong

29 June 2016

Mick Whelan has hit back at David Cameron for misleading the House of Commons this afternoon. The Prime Minister today condemned the ‘unacceptable’ level of service on Southern Railways. But, speaking in answer to a question from Jeremy Quin, Conservative MP for Horsham, at PMQs, David Cameron also criticised ASLEF for ‘industrial action’ on Southern. Mick said: ‘There is no industrial action by ASLEF on Southern Railways. The Prime Minister knows this but is deliberately spreading a falsehood to help his friends who are failing passengers every day by delivering a dismal service. Southern are in breach of their franchise obligations but the Department for Transport is turning a blind eye to that, as well. Because the problems on Southern are being driven by the DfT – their fingerprints are all over the plans to introduce DOO – in a bid to put passenger safety, and the integrity of the railway, at risk in the race for greater profits by a greedy company that puts shareholders before passengers and staff.’

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Demonstrate in support of Jeremy Corbyn

26 June 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, was on Sky News this morning. He said: 'ASLEF was proud to have been first trade union to nominate Jeremy Corbyn and we understood, along with hundreds of thousands others, that Labour Party members and others wanted a real...

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ASLEF on the EU vote

23 June 2016

As a trade union which backed a vote to leave the European Union we acknowledge the decision the people of the United Kingdom have taken. ASLEF respects the self-determination of the British people. Today’s verdict reflects the inability of successive governments to meet the aspirations of people particularly in providing...

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