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We know the dangers of over-hours culture

25 April 2017

I have just read the claims that the average employee works 100 hours more than their basic week every year. That bears no relation to anyone I know in our industry – or outside it. There are thousands of people who are working 48 hours or more every week and...

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Representative democracy

01 April 2017

Democracy in its various forms has been a leading topic in recent weeks, whether as a result of recent by-elections in Stoke and Copeland, the sovereignty of Parliament in the Brexit debate, or our own internal and long established, member-driven, rule book-based processes. The recent spin on Stoke and Copeland...

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Stakeholder chickens come home to roost

06 March 2017

At any other time we would be celebrating the fact that, after three decades, the cross-party Transport Select Committee has finally admitted what we have said all along – that rail privatisation doesn’t work. John Major blatantly misled us when he said Europe has told us to privatise our railways...

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The last bastion of truth and integrity

01 February 2017

I have never understood the politics of envy but always supported the ethos of aspiration, fairness, dignity and respect. As an organisation we have never subscribed to Margaret Thatcher’s claim that we are a society of individuals but have campaigned on all the issues that impact on us and our...

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In the eye of the storm

01 January 2017

They say it’s peaceful at the eye of the storm but, let me assure you, it’s not. You quickly learn that the media,the government, and some of the public don’t care about the real issues. The media, with one or two interesting exclusions, pander to the rhetoric about nasty unions hurting working people. I am yet to hear many people defend us for standing up not for gain, but for safety, on GTR Southern. And where is the public outcry for 1,116 freight train drivers facing uncertainty at DBC after years of loyal service?

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