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Wednesday at the TUC

16 September 2015

Dave Calfe, speaking from the podium on Wednesday morning, made a passionate case for the government to act to alleviate the plight of young people in Britain. He said: ‘The living standards of young workers have been hit hardest by austerity. Young workers still receive a lower rate...

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Monday at the TUC Congress

16 September 2015

Monday was a busy day for ASLEF activists at the TUC in Brighton. Mark Prenter spoke from the podium in the morning, condemning the Tory government's failure to help the deep-mined coal industry in Britain, causing consequent problems for the freight sector; Gary Boyle spoke in the debate about public ownership of rail; and Mick Whelan moved an emergency motion in the afternoon on Colombia.

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Tuesday at the TUC

15 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn, making his first major speech as Labour Party leader, told the TUC on Tuesday afternoon that the party can win the general election in 2020 with its progressive left-wing ‘vision of a better society.’ He was greeted at the Brighton Centre by Corbynistas shouting ‘Jez we can!...

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ASLEF in the media

15 September 2015

ASLEF delegates were media magnets in Brighton. Mick Whelan was featured in a full page interview by Conrad Landin in the Morning Star on Monday, and wrote a full page feature on the Trade Union Bill in the paper on Tuesday. Simon Weller was interviewed by John Pienaar on Radio 5 and Marz Colombini by political correspondent Chris Morris on Radio 4.

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Mick Whelan on Nicholas Soames

15 September 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after Nicholas Soames, Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, called for rail companies to be fined for cancellations caused by ‘no shows’ as he put it. Mick said: ‘It’s typical of the Tories to try and demonise...

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