Current campaigns

Campaigning is ASLEF's core activity. Whether we are pressing for improvements in wages or conditions in a single company, arguing for a change in legislation to benefit our members, seeking justice for the underprivileged in this country or the abused abroad - we are on the campaign trail.

ASLEF is a founder member of Action for Rail a joint union campaign for a better future for Britain’s railways. We are also active in the Freight on Rail campaign which works to promote the economic,social and environmental benefits of rail freight. Other key campaigning initiatives currently include improvements to cab conditions, pensions and travel facilities. We try to make our campaigns innovative and eye-catching, and employ a range of tactics from Parliamentary lobbies and public demonstrations, to organisation of seminars and the production of literature. We believe that a union that ceases to campaign ceases to exist: and that any organisation committed to justice and equality will never have to look far for a cause that deserves our support.

Below are our current Campaigns...



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Menopause In The Workplace

21 February 2020

The rail industry as a whole is still very much male dominated and with only 6.5% of the driving grade being women it is easy for women's issues to be forgotten in the workplace.  The ASLEF Women's Committee believes that one of these issues is the menopause and they recently...

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Rail Electrification

01 August 2019

Electrification is the only way to make the railway cleaner, greener and quicker while providing the necessary power and traction for high-speed and freight services.   Click here to find out more about our campaign to electrify Britain's railways as part of a green transport strategy.

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Rail Freight

01 August 2019

We're campaining for a strategy which prioritises bringing freight onto rail as part of an integrated industrial strategy.   Click here to find out more about the campaign.

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Mind the gag campaign

22 May 2019

At ASLEF's AAD conference in May 2017 the union launched its new campaign, Mind the Gag! which challenges inappropriate language and promotes dignity and respect in workplaces.   Not all banter is funny #MindTheGag   The campaign is a joint initiative between the LGBT+, women's,...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

20 November 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on 20th November as a day to memorialise those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.  The violence and stigma that transgender people in the UK face is...

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