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ASLEF at the TUC in Brighton

14 September 2015

ASLEF sent five delegates – Mick Whelan, general secretary; Simon Weller, national organiser; Dave Calfe, EC vice-president; Gary Boyle of Manchester Piccadilly No 1; and Mark Prenter of Waterloo Nine Elms – to the 147th Trades Union Congress which opened at the Brighton Centre on Sunday. Delegates from 52...

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Mark Prenter on mining, at the TUC

14 September 2015

Mark Prenter, of Waterloo Nine Elms branch, speaking from the podium on Monday morning, addressed delegates in a debate on the UK deep mined coal industry as part of a morning spent discussing jobs, growth and he new economy. He said: ‘The decision not to invest in the industry...

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Gary Boyle on public ownership

14 September 2015

Congress reaffirmed its commitment to public ownership in the transport debate on Monday morning. Gary Boyle, of Manchester Piccadilly No 1 branch, speaking from the podium, told delegates: ‘Government rail policy is a shambles wrapped in a fiasco inside a disaster. They made lots of promises about what they...

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Jeremy, Tom and Sadiq

11 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party today; Tom Watson was elected deputy leader; and Sadiq Khan was elected as Labour's candidate to stand for Mayor of London. Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, Tosh McDonald, ASLEF's president, and Simon Weller, ASLEF's national organiser, were all delighted with the results which represent a unique hat-trick for our union. Each of the candidates was endorsed, early on in the campaign, by ASLEF.

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Overcrowding highlights failure of privatisation

09 September 2015

The Department for Transport today released figures detailing the top ten most overcrowded rail services in the UK. Operating at 86% over capacity the 0422 from Glasgow Central to Manchester Airport, is the country’s most overcrowded train. Three of the services in the top ten are TransPennine Express services...

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