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Tactics demeaned our democracy

01 July 2016

The EU referendum – and the long campaign to 23 June – is finally over but, having been at the eye of the storm, as one of the few unions which declared for out – of the EU, not Europe, there is a difference – I have to say I...

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Democracy and debate at AAD

31 May 2016

I write this column after spending a week at our annual assembly of delegates, reinvigorated by the discussion and debate, and the overwhelming humanity of those who belong to, and care about, this trade union, this industry, and everyone’s future; not a society of individuals but a collective that...

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He wants to break us but he doesn't know you

01 May 2016

While, on behalf of our members, we try to deal with the uncertainty in the steel industry, it is hard not to have serious concerns for the future of those directly employed. The government’s belated action, to deal with an issue of which they had prior knowledge, is not...

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Wilko raises the bar

01 April 2016

I want to thank all those working for our members in Freightliner and DBS hit by the serial effects on the freight sector of the loss of steel and coal traffic. This loss – 16% plus in areas already economically depressed – is a bitter pill to swallow for...

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Workers' Memorial Day

01 March 2016

ASLEF marked Workers' Memorial Day this morning. Mick Whelan, Tosh McDonald, and Dave Calfe, with colleagues from the RMT and the TSSA, laid a wreath at the tree planted in memory of railway workers, and members of the travelling public, who lost their lives or were injured on Britain's railways.

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