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ASLEF drivers: Southern ballot

28 November 2016

ASLEF members on Southern Railways have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a trade dispute over the company’s decision to force through driver only operation on the franchise. We say there should be no introduction and/or extension of new driver-only operated routes on Southern without the agreement of ASLEF. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services drivers were asked two questions: Are you prepared to take part in a strike? Yes 630 [87.3%] No 92 [12.7%] Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? Yes 690 [95.6%] No 32 4.4%] Turnout was 77% [937 papers issued; 722 returned]

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Southern strike dates

28 November 2016

ASLEF’s executive committee has called strikes on Southern Railways after members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a trade dispute over the company’s decision to force through driver only operation on the franchise. Drivers will strike on:

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Why DOO is not safe

28 November 2016

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, who is back in front of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee this afternoon, to talk about safety on Britain’s railways, is to tell MPs about the problems on the platform/train interface and explain why DOO is now inherently unsafe.

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Paul Plummer in The Times

21 November 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has written to The Times in response to a letter published in the paper this morning [on page 30] and picked up as a news story [page 6] and as the second leader [page 31]. The tendentious letter, from Paul...

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Sturgeon needs to get a grip of Scotrail

17 November 2016

There was chaos across Scotland’s railway this morning when a train broke down outside Edinburgh station just after seven o’clock. The incident is simply the latest example of poor performance from an Abellio Scotrail service which goes from bad to worse. Commenting on the situation ASLEF General Secretary Mick...

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