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Paying respects to Phil Cogan

23 January 2018

It is with great sadness that we advise members of the death of ASLEF activist, Folkestone retired member and former Company Council representative, Phil Cogan. Phil was a much valued colleague and trade union representative who will be...

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Grayling’s select committee evidence shows our railway is now run as a corporate welfare scheme, not a public service.

23 January 2018

Chris Grayling admitted in his evidence to the Transport Select Committee yesterday (22nd January) that the Virgin East Coast rail franchise deal was “over ambitious in what they thought they could deliver,” yet insisted that the Department for Transport had little alternative but to accept the highest bidder. General Secretary...

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Grayling’s “blame the unions” claim destroyed by Channel Four FactCheck

18 January 2018

Under pressure Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has been caught out telling porkies by Channel 4 FactCheck when he blamed “militant unions” for the “vast majority” of disruption to passengers on Southern Rail. The extraordinary claim was made as Grayling...

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ASLEF calls for a public inquiry into the collapse of Carillion

15 January 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called for a public inquiry into the collapse of Carillion this morning.   Mick said: ‘Naturally, we are thinking of all the workers, in the public and private sectors, who have been impacted by the construction company Carillion going...

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National Audit Office slams government over Southern Rail

09 January 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has welcomed the National Audit Office report on the involvement of the Department for Transport into the fiasco of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.   ‘This damning report clearly holds Chris Grayling and his predecessor, Patrick McLoughlin, to...

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