AN ATTEMPT to reopen the division in the Aslef train drivers’ union over the disciplining of two top officials failed on the first day of the union conference on Monday.
Supporters of Shaun Brady and Michael Blackburn, who have been dismissed as general secretary and assistant general secretary, tried to get both men to address the conference.
The chair ruled that this would undermine the disciplinary procedure, under which Brady and Blackburn are appealing to a body composed of eight reps from the union’s regions. Delegates upheld that ruling by 46 votes to 19.
The dispute between supporters of Brady and Blackburn, and those who back the previous general secretary, Mick Rix, has left a bitter divide in the union.
But there were signs at the Aslef conference that many activists want to move on and focus on the issues that confront all rail workers and trade unionists.