Features

Here you can navigate through a selection of ASLEF Journal feature articles. You can also find archived issues of the ASLEF Journal and other ASLEF publications in the Publications section of the website.

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The lessons of Ladbroke Grove

01 October 2019

Simon Weller, ASLEF's Assistant General Secretary, reflects on the long shadows cast by the rail crash at Ladbroke Grove twenty years ago.   On 5 October 1999 a tragic collision took place two miles out from Paddington at Ladbroke Grove. The collision, and ensuing fire, claimed the lives of 31...

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When does an innocent bit of fun turn into something more serious?

09 August 2019

CAROLYN HARRIS, Labour MP for Swansea East, deputy leader of Welsh Labour, and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, explains why she is trying to protect the vulnerable from the vultures of the gambling industry.           Buying a scratchcard when you...

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The State of Freight

24 July 2019

                NIGEL GIBSON, District 5 Organiser, and lead officer for Freightliner Heavy Haul, Freightliner Intermodal, and GB Railfreight, reflects on a rail sector red in tooth and claw.    More and more we are having to deal with the effects of freight...

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Who are the darling buddies of May?

13 June 2019

CHRIS PROCTOR reflects on the woeful premiership of Theresa May and wonders where it places her in the pantheon of the all-time worst Prime Ministers of Britain. There are, as he wryly notes, rather a lot of contenders for the title... In years to come, when drivers have a SPAD...

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Another Brick in the Wall - the creeping privatisation of English education

11 June 2019

Steve Williams, a former headteacher, Labour Party councillor and parliamentary candidate, tells the alarming story of the creeping privatisation of English education   Mick Whelan is quoted in the May edition of the Journal, sending a message of solidarity to the Fédération Nationale des Cheminots CGT, in its battle with...

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