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Flying the flag

22 September 2013

The Labour Party conference is being held this year in Brighton which, according to the journalist and author Keith Waterhouse, ‘looks as though it is a town helping the police with their inquiries.’ What has provoked most comment from delegates, though, is the curious colour of the union flag logo...

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Transport hub

22 September 2013

Maria Eagle, the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, underlined her commitment to HS2 and to keeping the East Coast in the public sector at the Labour Party conference in Brighton. Speaking at a fringe meeting organised by the Transport Hub, a pressure group which represents organisations such as ABTA,...

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Labour Party conference

21 September 2013

Mick Whelan has welcomed statements by Ed Miliband and Maria Eagle on the future of Britain’s railways. Speaking on the eve of the Labour Party conference in Brighton, he said: ‘It’s fair to say that comments by Ed and Maria are a big step forward from where the party was...

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Letter in the Guardian

21 September 2013

A letter signed by Mick Whelan, Bob Crow, Manuel Cortes, Frances O'Grady, and Diana Holland, representing the four trade unions with members in the rail industry, and the Trades Union Congress, was published in The Guardian this morning ahead of the Labour Party conference in Brighton. This is what it...

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ScotRail overtime ban

17 September 2013

ASLEF is to ballot its members at ScotRail for an overtime ban – including working on Sundays – in pursuit of its pay claim. Members voted by 445-407 to reject the company’s offer. So the executive committee, meeting in London, has called for a ballot for industrial action short of...

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