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Labour offers the hope of change people want

18 February 2019

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after the news that Chuka Umunna and six other MPs will now sit as independents.   ‘I regret that seven MPs have decided they no longer wish to represent their constituencies in Parliament as Labour MPs, especially...

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ASLEF and Police appeal for information after attack on driver

04 February 2019

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has asked witnesses to come forward after a Tube driver was assaulted on the Jubilee line.   'This was a vicious attack on one of our members who was doing his job as a train operator on London Underground, providing...

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New ORR figures reveal franchise model broken beyond repair

31 January 2019

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has called for 'root and branch reform' of the way Britain's railway is run after the rail regulator's latest report revealed that passenger revenue has plummeted while government subsidy has soared.   New figures released today [Thursday 31 January] by...

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Have you seen Andy?

30 January 2019

Andy Derrett, a long-time railwayman, union stalwart, and go-to man for badges, is well-known to many ASLEF members. But Andy – who appeared healthy, happy, and well – disappeared without trace two weeks before Christmas. Now his wife, and Suffolk Police, have issued an urgent appeal for information.

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Passenger satisfaction at lowest level for a decade

29 January 2019

    Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has responded to a new report by Transport Focus which reveals that passenger satisfaction is at its lowest level for 10 years. Transport Focus’s latest National Rail Passenger Survey, published today [Tuesday 29 January] reports that...

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