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Kings Cross fire 25 years on

19 November 2012

Relatives of those who died in the fire at King's Cross Underground station on 18 November 1987 were joined by fire-fighters and union members to remember the 31 who died when a fire on a wooden escalator engulfed the London station. Mick Whelan said the tragedy underlined the fact...

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Criminal compensation ended for train drivers

15 November 2012

Many of us thought the government had stepped back from watering down the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme (CICS) when a committee of MPs failed to agree to changes in September. However on 12 November Justice Secretary Chris Grayling forced through amendments to the Scheme in the House of Commons...

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Tube bosses prevent Boxing Day working deal

14 November 2012

ASLEF’s London officer Steve Grant says that sections of London Underground management seem hell-bent on failing to find a solution to the current Boxing Day working dispute. ‘When we met management this week, we were made an offer that was worse than the ones we have rejected over the past two...

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Guardian letter denounces EU austerity

14 November 2012

Mick Whelan added his name to a letter in today’s Guardian expressing support for trade unionists across Europe who are taking action today against austerity measures. The letter was signed by 25 people, including Tony Benn, Len McCluskey, Natalie Bennett and Katy Clark MP. The letter reads: ‘Today millions...

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Scots derailment: Union calls for action

06 November 2012

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, today called for rail safety modules to be introduced into UK schools as it was confirmed that last Sunday’s train derailment in Inverkeilor was the result of vandalism. British Transport Police officers found an obstruction at the scene which they said today they believed...

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