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First Capital Connect strike ballot announced

11 November 2009

ASLEF’s executive committee has set in motion a ballot for strike action of its 550-plus members working in First Capital Connect. The ballot result will be known on 9 December and industrial action could commence a week after that date.   At the root of the problem is the pay...

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‘Sack NR chief’ call over level crossing deaths

05 November 2009

Train drivers’ union ASLEF is calling for the dismissal of Network Rail chief Iain Coucher after an enquiry yesterday revealed ‘gross incompetence’ which contributed to three deaths at the Halkirk level crossing in Caithness last month.   The initial enquiry at Inverness revealed that while Network Rail had decided two...

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Longer franchises not a solution says rail union

30 October 2009

Keith Norman says the call today by The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) for radically longer rail franchises of up to two decades would do nothing to solve current problems. ASLEF’s general secretary said, ‘I can’t see that extending the length of franchises would make a jot of difference....

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Tube investment – business backing, people paying

27 October 2009

A report from business group London First says passengers could be sentenced to ‘decades of Underground misery with cattle-class conditions’ if investment in the Tube is not maintained. It adds that without modernisation, the number of people commuting in conditions akin to four or more people in a telephone box...

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ASLEF for Edwina in Wales

21 October 2009

ASLEF is supporting Assembly Member Edwina Hart to be the next leader of the Welsh Labour Party and will be recommending her candidature to members in the election ballot of union members for the post which will run in November.   Keith Norman, ASLEF General Secretary said ‘Rhodri Morgan will...

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