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July 2009 - Politics can learn from union elections

01 June 2013

It’s been deeply painful to watch the unfolding of story after story about politicians’ expenses over the past couple of months. I don’t want to join in the mud-slinging as it’s all been said. I’m more interested in how to stop politics steadily sliding into sleaze – and I’m convinced...

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June 2009 - Get over the giggling - this is serious

01 June 2013

At our conference last month Lord Adonis said that while he was going round the country on his highly publicised week long 2,200 miles on 50 trains he found just about everything to his satisfaction, except, he said, ‘the servicing and cleaning of toilets on the trains’. If he...

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May 2009 - Lessons from driver Morgan

01 June 2013

I SET off from Head Office with a heavy heart on 7 April for an appointment I wished I didn’t have to make. Along with the President Alan Donnelly I made my way to Worthing Crematorium where the funeral of Bob Morgan took place.   Bob’s story has been...

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Apr 2009 - ASLEF means members, not numbers

01 June 2013

ASLEF recently received a copy of a letter sent to a former RMT member by Bob Crow urging him to stay in membership of RMT and not join ASLEF. The member concerned has joined ASLEF following his appointment to the grade of train driver. In the letter Mr Crow...

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Mar 2009 - The Mystery of Railway Finances

01 June 2013

BEFORE privatisation, you could always understand railway finances, even if you didn’t like what was going on. You could look at a balance sheet that listed income, expenditure and subsidies. It wasn’t difficult. Since the 1993 Railways Act, however, railway finances look as if they’re run by the Masons....

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