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ASLEF has an active Retired Members' Section which seeks to improve the position of older people in ASLEF and campaigns hard to redress the inequalities older people face. ASLEF believes that every pensioner has the right to choice, dignity, and security as an integral and valued member of society. They require an adequate state pension linked to average earnings, comprehensive free health care and free travel on public transport.
The creation of the ASLEF Retired Members' Section means that we can work together to make sure that pensioners share fully in the increasing prosperity of the nation with good pensions and associated welfare benefits.
The ASLEF Retired Members' Section has its own constitution and standing orders with a committee that is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, to which all retired members are invited. At the meeting as well as electing the National Committee and its officials for the forthcoming year, motions will also be taken and there are always a selection of thought provoking speakers.
Any ASLEF retired member can apply to join the Section providing they are up to date with their subscriptions on retirement and they have 5 years consecutive membership of ASLEF. They should make application in writing to the General Secretary. Retired members are entitled to participate in branch meetings by speaking and participating in debates, although they do not have the right to vote. They also have the right to free initial legal advice and other legal assistance may also be provided at the discretion of the General Secretary. Retired members also receive copies of the Journal every month, a diary and remain eligible for other membership services, as determined by the rules or the Executive Committee.
The Committee meets three times a year where they cover a whole range of subjects affecting pensioners' rights. The section is also affiliated to the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) and sends delegates to the Pensioners' Parliament. ASLEF are also signatories to the NPC Pensioners' Charter.
The Retired Members Section Application form and letter can be printed off below, completed and returned to head office: