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What a way to run the railway!

14 August 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has slammed Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for ‘nodding through’ another big increase in rail fares for hard-pressed passengers. ‘It’s a bit rich, isn’t it?’ said Mick. ‘Mr Grayling wants passengers to pay more for a poorer service. That’s not a...

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ASLEF rebuts Northern's claims

06 August 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, spoke out this morning after Northern Rail claimed it had to cancel 80 services on Sunday - and expects to cancel many more - because 'staff made themselves unavailable to work'. Mick said: ‘Numerous times we have sought to put...

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Exposed: Whitehall scandal of DfT officials

18 June 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling – nicknamed Failing Grayling by fed-up cabinet colleagues – is already on the rack for the mess the privatised train operating companies have made of new timetables – brought in on 20 May – and the subsequent chaos on Britain’s railway network. He and his top...

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ASLEF sends solidarity greetings to the CGT

08 April 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union in the UK, has sent a message of solidarity to Gilbert Garrel, secretaire general de Federation Nationale des Cheminots CGT, in the french railwaymen's current dispute with SNCF and President Macron. Mick has also told French television and radio: ‘I...

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Britain's gender pay gap - train drivers are the best of British

04 April 2018

New figures are set to show that the job with the smallest gap in wages between men and women working in any occupation in the UK is that of driving trains. Statistics being compiled by the Government Equalities Office will reveal that while the overall gender pay in Britain is...

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