THE RIGHT wing in the ASLEF rail union suffered a severe setback on Friday of last week when their disgraceful attempt to take their own union to court fell at the first fence. Members on the executive who are opposed to left wing general secretary Mick Rix had hoped to use the courts to strengthen their position in the run up to a special two day conference set for 18 and 19 April to discuss Rix's position.
As one ASLEF member says, "The fact they went to court has pissed people off who weren't clear about the issues involved." The executive members who oppose Rix are not seen as being on the right of the union. But they act as a focus for those in ASLEF who want to pull the union rightwards and closer to New Labour.