ASLEF response to Tory manifesto

18 May 2017

The Conservative Party general election manifesto has today promised to work with train companies and rail industry employees to agree minimum service levels during periods of industrial dispute. The manifesto adds that if a voluntary agreement cannot be found, the Party will legislate to make minimum service levels mandatory.


Commenting on the proposals ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said ‘The Conservative Party’s proposals demonstrate an amazing level of ignorance about the reality of industrial relations in the rail industry. They will not work and they will be resisted.’


Mick added “Over the last two parliaments, the Tories have sought to gag civil society and they are increasingly trying to take away hard won liberties from working people. All this will do is make it even harder for working people to oppose unsafe, bad, or dishonourable employers. We already have some of the most draconian trade union laws in the western world. Where’s the legislation to protect workers from poor employers?”


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