Features

Here you can navigate through a selection of ASLEF Journal feature articles. You can also find archived issues of the ASLEF Journal and other ASLEF publications in the Publications section of the website.

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Key worker: Trudy Aarons

26 June 2018

Interview as featured in the June 2018 edition of the ASLEF Journal.    Trudy Aarons, one of Britain’s first black women train drivers, has retired after nearly 30 years on the iron road. Trudy, 57, who worked out of Waterloo, has taken early retirement, on ill-health, from South Western Railway....

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Celebrating women's right to vote

05 March 2018

(Article by Debbie Reay, Chair of the ASLEF women's representative committee) featured in the March 2018 edition of the ASLEF Journal) This year is the 100th anniversary of the successful campaign, led by the Suffragettes, which gave some women the right to vote in Britain. The campaign came...

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Votes for women

05 March 2018

(Feature written for the ASLEF Journal March 2018) Women had to fight hard – and were arrested, beaten, and force fed in prison – for the right to vote and – like Jo Stevens – stand for and sit in Parliament. Jo, Labour MP for Cardiff Central, and acting chair...

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What the collapse of Carillion can tell us

05 March 2018

(Article by Chris Proctor, as featured in the ASLEF Journal 2018) When MPs were bellowing at each other about Carillion, Jeremy Corbyn asked Theresa May the traditional Labour question: ‘What about the workers?’ The Prime Minister took off her spectacles, did her celebrated owl impression, and affixed the superior smirk copyrighted...

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First anniversary of the anti-Trade Union Act

30 January 2018

(as featured in the ASLEF Journal, February 2018) It's the  first anniversary next month of the Tories’ Trade Union Act (2016)being in operation. Just to recap, when it went live on 1 March 2017, the most important changes the Act brought in were that for (compulsory) ballots for strikes and...

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