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Third Silverlink strike over pensions

13 November 2007
Train drivers in the Aslef union working for Silverlink struck for the third time on Friday of last week in defence of their pension rights.

Rail strikes at Midland Mainline and Silverlink

06 November 2007
Train drivers in the Aslef union at Midland Mainline struck, for the second time on Thursday of last week over pensions.

Strike brings Silverlink trains to a halt

30 October 2007
Around 400 drivers in the Aslef union struck on Friday of last week bringing the Silverlink company’s service to a halt. The strike hit London commuter services, including from Milton Keynes and Watford.

Midland Mainline train drivers taking action over back pay

30 October 2007
Members of the Aslef rail drivers’ union at Midland Mainline have planned a series of strikes in their dispute over the application of a pay offer to drivers from 2001.

ScotRail train drivers ballot over disciplinary procedures

23 October 2007
The Aslef train drivers’ union is balloting its members on ScotRail in a dispute over disciplinary procedures.

South West Trains strike threat—then a deal

09 September 2006
Around 900 members of the Aslef train drivers’ union were set to strike on Friday of this week, severely disrupting services on South West Trains (SWT) for a second time.

South West Trains strike against management arrogance

02 September 2006
Some 900 members of the Aslef drivers’ union on South West Trains struck on Tuesday over management arrogance.

Rail round-up

24 June 2006
Train drivers in the RMT and Aslef unions across the whole of South West Trains are balloting for action following the use of managers to drive trains during recent strikes at Waterloo station.

New industrial action set for London Underground

18 February 2006
Tube drivers in both the RMT and Aslef unions have voted by six to one for strikes over a range of attacks by management.

Tube workers

08 January 2005
TUBE DRIVERS in the Aslef union at the Arnos Grove depot won better treatment for a colleague by striking for 24 hours on Christmas Eve.


02 October 2004
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.

More stations were closed than ever before

10 July 2004
SOME TUBES were running during our strike, but management were very worried by just how few Aslef union drivers crossed the picket line.

Activists: 'It's our union'

26 June 2004
ACTIVISTS IN train drivers' union Aslef are battling to undo the damage wrought by a bitter faction fight among their top national officials. Anti-union commentators have seized on reports of a brawl at a barbecue held at the union's headquarters in north London.

Rail union leader makes schoolboy threat of union busting

17 January 2004
THE THREAT of strike action has forced the general secretary of the train drivers' Aslef union to withdraw a shocking union-busting letter he issued to his own staff.

Strikes are timetabled

20 December 2003
TRAIN DRIVERS on the Gatwick Express were set to strike on Christmas Eve and again on New Year's Eve as Socialist Worker went to press. There have already been two strikes by the 60 drivers in the Aslef union over pay.

Gatwick Express

13 December 2003
DRIVERS IN the Aslef union on the Gatwick Express route struck for 24 hours for the second time on Monday over pay. Further strikes are planned for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

We won't accept second class pay

06 December 2003
DRIVERS IN the Aslef train drivers' union on the Gatwick Express struck solidly on Friday of last week.

Two days of strikes made the bosses listen

25 October 2003
WORKERS AT the Heathrow Express are jubilant after winning their long-running dispute with management. Members of the Aslef rail union have been campaigning for full recognition and bargaining rights on the line, which runs from Paddington to Heathrow, for over two years.

Are left wing union leaders too awkward for New Labour?

04 October 2003
IN 1998 a relatively unknown train driver from Leeds, Mick Rix, won the general secretary election in Aslef. He was the first in a series of new left wing trade union leaders now known as the "awkward squad". Their election signalled a wider radicalisation taking place inside Britain's trade union movement.

Heathrow is taking the express line to action

04 October 2003
MEMBERS OF the Aslef rail workers union on the Heathrow Express have voted to take action against management bullying and low pay. This includes an overtime ban and several 24 hour strikes. The first strike was set for this Friday 3 October.

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