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Orgreave

11 June 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has spoken out after the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the police watchdog, announced this morning that there will not be an investigation into South Yorkshire Police's handling of the violent clashes between police and miners at the Orgreave coking...

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ASLEF reaction to Greater Anglia shortlist

01 June 2015

The Department for Transport has announced a shortlist of three train operating companies – Abellio East Anglia; First East Anglia; and National Express – for the Greater Anglia franchise. Rail Minister Claire Perry claims they have ‘ambitious plans for the franchise.’ ‘Hardly,’ says Mick Whelan. ‘Both First Group and...

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PSC lobby of Parliament and trade union conference

31 May 2015

ASLEF's Mick Whelan will be speaking at the Trade Union Conference on Palestine on the 4th July and union members will be attending the National Lobby of Parliament on the 23 June 2015, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). Tuesday 23 June 2015, 2-6pm, Westminster ...

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Mick on Queen's speech

26 May 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has roundly condemned the Conservative government’s attack on trade union rights in today’s Queen’s speech. In a two pronged attack, the Tories plan to introduce legislation to make it even harder for workers to take legal industrial action and...

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Quintinshil Rail Disaster: 100 years on

21 May 2015

The worst rail crash in this country is remembered today on the centenary of the tragedy. On 22 May 1915 three trains crashed at Quintinshill Bridge near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire. A Glasgow express ploughed into the wreckage moments later and gas in the lighting system of the old...

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