AAD in Bristol

21 May 2017

Train drivers from right around the country were gathering today for ASLEF’s annual assembly of delegates ­– our annual conference – at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol. AAD is from Monday 22 to Thursday 25 May.

AAD is ASLEF’s parliament, and the foundation stone of our union’s democratic structure.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, said: 'We will, as we do every year, turn the trade union over to the membership to evaluate where we are and what we have done, and to discuss the future changes or evolution of policy based on the items sent in from the branches for discussion.

'It has been a hard year of legal, governmental and industrial attack and some decisions will have to be made that will impact on all our futures. This AAD will define attitudes and policy; what it cannot do is dictate strategy. That will always lie with the lead officers and, when the machinery is exhausted, the executive committee, who apply policy on a daily basis, which may often be subject to the vagaries of changing circumstance or what can be moved forward through negotiation.'


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