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Clapham rail crash

07 December 2018

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Clapham rail crash when three trains collided in south London at 8.13 on Monday 12 December 1988. Thirty-five men and women lost their lives and another 484 were injured. Two of those who died were ASLEF members: driver John Rolls and driver...

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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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ASLEF at Congress: Tuesday

12 September 2018

Lesley Atkins-Smith, of King's Cross branch, moved motion 11, on high fares and the decline in season ticket sales, on Tuesday afternoon. It was seconded by Mick Carney, TSSA, and passed unanimously. ‘We’ve all heard the narrative. The operators, the Rail Delivery Group, and the Tories tell us that the...

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What a way to run the railway!

14 August 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has slammed Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for ‘nodding through’ another big increase in rail fares for hard-pressed passengers. ‘It’s a bit rich, isn’t it?’ said Mick. ‘Mr Grayling wants passengers to pay more for a poorer service. That’s not a...

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ASLEF rebuts Northern's claims

06 August 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, spoke out this morning after Northern Rail claimed it had to cancel 80 services on Sunday - and expects to cancel many more - because 'staff made themselves unavailable to work'. Mick said: ‘Numerous times we have sought to put...

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