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Tendering process: ASLEF seeks staff guarantees as franchise bidding begins

01 November 2010

The bidding process is now out for tender with proposals having to be submitted by March 2007. Final decisions will be made in summer next year. ASLEF is seeking meetings with the nominated ‘preferred bidders’ in order to secure guarantees on job security – it is adamant there will be...

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ASLEF response to FBU industrial action

22 October 2010

Firefighters in the London area are taking industrial action starting this Saturday in response to the decision of the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson, and fire authority leader Councillor Brian Coleman, to begin the process of sacking over 5,500 operational and non-operational employees over their refusal...

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Strike ballot at Arriva Trains Wales

12 October 2010

The union is to ballot its 500 driver members employed by Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) for strike action, and also for action short of a stoppage, because of a ‘totally unacceptable’ pay offer. ATW pay rates are the lowest of all the UK main-line train drivers. Negotiations with the...

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Tories pledge on high-speed rail

08 October 2010

Philip Hammond, the transport secretary, insists he will make high-speed rail ‘the mode of choice’ as he told the Tory conference that the government would take fast trains north of Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester and include a link between London and Heathrow Airport. ‘This is undeniably good news...

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New Olympic event - musical chairs!

06 October 2010

Musical chairs appears to be a new Olympic event with the news that David Higgins - chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority – is to join Network Rail as its new chief executive. He will be bidding goodbye to John Armitt – the Chairman of the Olympic Delivery...

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