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Keep up to date with the latest news and media releases.  Below are the most recent stories.  More can be found by clicking on News Archive.

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ASLEF in action: ScotRail

13 May 2020

Michael Matheson MSP, Transport Secretary, announced today that ScotRail services will not be increasing from 18 May. This decision – which we welcome – will come as a great relief to passengers and rail staff alike. And is the result of lobbying by ASLEF, the train drivers' trade union.  ...

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Overcrowding on trains and Tube today

13 May 2020

Photographs have emerged on social media of packed station platforms, commuter services and the London Tube this morning.   In light of this, Mick Whelan, General Secretary, has made a statement on the issues:   'Today was, sadly, a day every ASLEF member could see coming. Photos are emerging all...

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Safety must come first to ease lockdown

10 May 2020

General Secretary Mick Whelan's comments on the Prime Minister's speech this evening (10th May 2020)   ‘Whilst we welcome the continued measures to retain the lockdown, and the request that the public refrain from using public transport, with no clear guidance on the staggering of starting and finishing times in...

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VE Day

08 May 2020

During the First World War, the contribution of train drivers - who were fundamental to the war effort by transporting both freight and soldiers around the country and on to the front lines - is quite well documented.    Less well known is the impact of...

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Safety must be priority to reopen railway

04 May 2020

We have joined with our sister unions RMT and TSSA to write to Prime Minister Boris Johnson; Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland; Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, and Sadiqu Khan, Mayor of London, to say this is not the time to lift the lockdown and run more trains. ...

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