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July 2012 Thanks to delegates

01 June 2013

THIS year’s union conference was the first I have attended as general secretary and I was, as ever, struck by the level of knowledge and understanding of our industry by the delegates sent to the Liverpool Annual Assembly of Delegates. We’re always being invited to attend ‘industry conferences’ with...

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August 2012 We should pay for services – not Banker’s greed

01 June 2013

News that Barclays, and other banks, have been caught red-handed, attempting to fix the financial markets for their own enrichment, should come as no surprise to the rest of us who are still paying for the banking industry’s previous catastrophic greed. For, plainly and simply, greed is what got...

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September 2012 Railway finances: March hare territory

01 June 2013

People think I’m exaggerating when I talk about the ‘lunacy’ of how the railway is financed. But I’m not. I am reporting facts.   I was leafing through Stagecoach’s accounts the other day when I noticed this sentence: ‘South West Trains, which makes premium payments to the DfT, continues...

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October 2012 Excluding women from railways

01 June 2013

During last month’s TUC I spoke about increasing the diversity of train drivers. But while I argued that women could be encouraged to our profession, other forces seem intent on driving them away from our trains.   Last month we found the Women’s Institute wading in and taking up...

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November 2012 Twelve months on the run

01 June 2013

I can hardly believe that it is a year since I wrote my first column as your general secretary. I said that in the first month I’d hardly had time to draw breath. Well, I still haven’t! It’s been a hectic year.   In my first few weeks I...

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