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AAD: Wednesday 23 May Bob Hayden

24 May 2018

Bob Hayden, New South Wales locomotive divisional secretary of the Rail, Tram & Bus Union in Australia, told delegates how the centre-right government – and the train companies – are trying to make life difficult, if not impossible, for trade unions to protect workers Down Under. ‘Under “fair work”, which...

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AAD: Tuesday 22 May Kevin Courtney

23 May 2018

It’s not big, it’s not clever, it’s bullying Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the new National Education Union, brought solidarity greetings from teachers to train drivers in what he described as ‘one of our proudest craft trade unions, fighting for a decent public service on the railway.’ He said:...

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AAD: Tuesday 22 May John Hendy QC

23 May 2018

John Hendy QC set out what life at work could be like – with sectoral collective bargaining – under a Labour government. John, one of Britain's leading employment barristers, head of Old Square Chambers, and chair of the Institute of Employments Rights, was speaking at AAD in Liverpool. He said: ‘In 2016...

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AAD: Tuesday 22 May Ronnie Draper

22 May 2018

Ronnie Draper, general secretary of the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers’ Union, told delegates that strikes work – and that’s why the Tories have tried so hard to make it so difficult for workers in Britain to go on strike. He said: ‘People say strikes don’t work. I don’t believe...

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AAD: Monday 21 May Tosh McDonald

21 May 2018

Tosh McDonald, ASLEF’s executive committee president, made his last address to conference as president this morning; he steps down from the EC at the end of this year and retires from the railway shortly afterwards. Tosh told delegates: ‘It’s been a busy and challenging year, but then every one of the...

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