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Shaw report

16 March 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called the Shaw report, released today, a waste of time and money. ‘The Shaw report was published at 2pm today, just after the Budget, in the hope that nobody would notice,’ said Mick. ‘It was, the Treasury thought,...

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VTEC: Ballot for industrial action

11 March 2016

ASLEF is balloting members on Virgin Trains East Coast for industrial action in respect of the following issues: progress towards reaching agreement on a revised Professional Drivers Agreement; progress towards reaching agreement on proposals to address the end of contracting out of the additional state pension; the company’s application of pension restructuring premiums on promotional moves. The EC considers the company’s failure to deal with these issues amounts to a breakdown in industrial relations so we are balloting driver members employed by Virgin Trains East Coast for action short of a strike. The closing date for the return of ballot papers is 10am on Tuesday 12 April.

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Strike on Trans Pennine Express

10 March 2016

ASLEF drivers at TPE have voted to go on strike because of management's failure to abide by agreements. The result of our ballot was as follows: For industrial action short of a strike Yes 93.1% No 6.9%. For strike action: Yes 88.9% No 11.1%. Turnout was 80%. A 24 hour strike of drivers has been called for 18 March with more dates to follow. Non-contractual overtime ceases from 18 March.

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Train companies taking passengers for a ride

10 March 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, says the privatised train operating companies are taking passengers – and taxpayers – for a ride after new figures from the Office of Rail Regulation revealed that profits – and dividends for shareholders – are soaring while fares continue...

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ORR involvement frightening

09 March 2016

After it was revealed that the ORR - which is meant to regulate rail and road - has been involved in the CMA report on competition released yesterday, Mick Whelan said: 'We find the CMA's report in fractionalising an increasingly flawed model into more smaller monopolies or possible duopolies laughable. It's only about more snouts in the trough for the attractive inter-city routes. More frightening, though, is the statement by the regulator ORR that they support it and have been involved in the development of it. Are the needs of the travelling public, and the taxpayer, and even those of us who work in the industry, not taken into account for anything any more?'

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