TRAIN BRAIN ALL CHANGE.
Byline: PAUL ROUTLEDGE
I go back a long way with the train drivers' union, Aslef. To the halcyon days of Malton-born general secretary Ray Buckton, a big, genial figure in the labour movement of yesteryear.
He led the "flexible rostering" strike in 1982 (known to us hacks as "flexible roistering") that paralysed British Rail.
Before every dispute he'd say "I've never seen the lads so angry" (they were all men in those days). And we would chorus "Are the telegrams flooding in from every depot?" before the briefing dissolved in laughter and out came the bottle.
So I was happy to talk about the media to an Aslef politics course. My, how things have changed. The union is much smaller, but the education work is second to none.
It's good to see another union engaging in serious political activity. And there were two women on the course - another step forward.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 20, 2015|
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