Class 66 Deadline Issued

12 January 2007

ASLEF's executive is to give companies an end-of-Februay deadline for improving Class 66 locos - or threatens a dispute.

The Executive has discussed cabs in Class 66 locos and identified the main problems as noise and vibration; cab ergonomics, including seating; and thermal comfort ~ air conditioning / cooling. It has taken the view that the best way to protect members’ interests is to give the companies a deadline for improvements.

It is therefore advising all companies with 66 locos that they will be in dispute with the union if they fail to bring forward acceptable proposals to improve cab conditions, including acceptable timescales, by 28 February 2007.

As an interim measure the union has agreed to accept the use of ear defenders where issued.

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