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ASLEF: 25 years since privatisation

05 November 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out on the 25th anniversary of the privatisation of Britain’s publicly-owned, and publicly-run, railway network.   Mick said: ‘Privatisation has proved to be a disaster for this country. Even Margaret Thatcher, that arch advocate of privatisation, admitted that...

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Mick on Brexit in The Scotsman

30 October 2018

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, has an op-ed article in The Scotsman this morning published under the headline 'We supported Brexit but it's not turning out as we were promised.'   The piece was originally written for the Scottish Left Review, and appears in the November/December edition of that magazine,...

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The Budget: Another Missed Opportunity

29 October 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned Philip Hammond’s Budget.   Mick said: ‘This Budget was a missed opportunity to do the right thing for Britain ahead of Brexit.   ‘The Chancellor and the Prime Minister say they are abandoning austerity. It would be nice...

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Rail profits plummet

23 October 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after it was revealed that rail profits have fallen off a cliff, plummeting 80%, as operators grapple with the realities of running a rail service.   Mick said: ‘While I know it’s...

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ScotRail: Premiership prices for League Two service

23 October 2018

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the poor performance of ScotRail and called for the service to be brought back into public ownership.   Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said: ʻIt is, frankly, no surprise that ScotRail has been fined £2.2 million in the first half of...

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