Labour manifesto is a radical and ambitious plan that’s transformative for transport and the whole country

21 November 2019

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has welcomed the Labour Party manifesto as being the blueprint for the radical and transformative change our country is crying out for.


The fully-costed manifesto, which promises to build 100,000 council homes a year by the end of the parliament, promises a radical plan to deal with climate change and proper investment in our railway network, and does so without a tax increase for 95 per cent of taxpayers.


Mick Whelan, general secretary, commented, "This manifesto is a game changer for our railway. Whether it's re-opening branch lines, the rolling programme of electrification or the commitments on HS2 to Scotland and Crossrail for the North, this is a radical plan for the network and one that will put it back into public ownership. Rail freight will also be expanded as well as the provision of publicly owned rail freight. We must always remember that our industry is key in the fight against climate change."


Mick added, "It's brilliant to see we have a Labour leadership who listens to the workforce and passengers. This manifesto demonstrates that they see the railway as a public service, not a cash cow. Nothing shows this more than the promise to end driver only operation and put a second member of staff on all trains. This is something ASLEF has campaigned on for 30 years.


"But the offer to our members goes beyond rail. We explained to the party about the problems our members have with childcare because of shift work. They listened and have committed to ensure that childcare provision accommodates the working pattern of all parents.


"There's plans to save our NHS, and offer free, supported education for adults, so our members can have opportunities that may not have been previously available to them. And remember, there will not be a tax increase on any of our members' salaries. Voting Labour therefore delivers for both ASLEF members and all working people in the UK."


You can download and read the Labour Party manifesto in full here.


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