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Mark Drakeford

06 December 2018

Mark Drakeford, who was backed by ASLEF, is the new leader of the Welsh Labour Party.   Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘Mark shares our values which is why we were proud to support his campaign to be the next leader of the Labour...

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MPs call for root & branch reform of Britain's railways

03 December 2018

A damning report by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee will, tomorrow, call for root and branch reform of Britain's railways after the chaos suffered by passengers this summer.   Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: 'The Secretary of State for Transport, if he had any sense of...

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Bill Ronksley's funeral

03 December 2018

Former ASLEF President Bill Ronksley's funeral has been arranged for Wednesday 5 December. The cortege will leave Wortley Hall at 11.30 for his funeral service at 12 noon at Grenoside Crematorium, 5 Skew Hill Lane, Sheffield, S35 8RZ. There will be a wake afterwards, from 2pm,...

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Rail Fares Up - Yet Again

30 November 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has slammed the Rail Delivery Group and privatised train operating companies for another big increase in rail fares for hard-pressed passengers. Fares increase by an average of 3.1% from 2 January.   ‘The train companies are telling passengers to pay...

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Recognition of the role of workers in preventing suicides on the railway

21 November 2018

The recent publication by the British Transport Police in their annual report of statistics relating to suicides on the railway deserves greater scrutiny than the bare facts reveal. The BTP states: “In the last 12 months 2017/18 officers and rail staff made around 2,000 life-saving interventions on the rail network,...

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