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World Aids Day - 1st December 2006

30 November 2006

The AIDS epidemic is a global emergency that effects people in every country on earth. UNAIDS estimated that by the end of 2005 a total of 25 million people will have died since AIDS was first recognised in 1981. In 2005, alone some 38.6 million people were known to be...

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Union says no new roads from road pricing

30 November 2006

Although primarily a ‘business’ review, today's Eddington Review shows just how much concerns about transport have changed. When it was set up in 2005, the government was under pressure from the CBI for not building enough roads. Now the emphasis is on climate change and the need to cut pollution...

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First Great Western cuts its Welsh services

28 November 2006

General Secretary Keith Norman has condemned cuts by First Great Western (FGW) to cut services in Wales as ‘immoral, mean and discriminatory’. The decision to axe the 1718 from Cardiff Central - one of the best-used trains from Cardiff to Swansea - has sparked claims that First Group are only...

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Services, not prices, should increase, says GS

28 November 2006

Keith Norman said today that there should be increases in the number of trains rather than the cost of travelling on them. He was reacting to the news that season tickets will rise by 4.3% in January and rises of over 12% are predicted for some rail journeys. ‘If fare...

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Railtrack profits 'show divide' says GS

26 November 2006

Keith Norman, general secretary of train drivers’ union ASLEF, says today’s announcement that RailTrack secured pre-tax profits of £747 million in the last six months ‘marked the clear divide between government, providers - and passengers’.   ‘This announcement underlines two radically different ways of looking at our railways. This morning...

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