AAD 2022: Day 3

2022-05-18 -
Array, ASLEF
A delegate standing at the podium with a blue card saying Reading visible

Health and Safety

Health and Safety debates took up much of the day, with delegates discussing items including the need for proper mental health support at work; recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic; suitable PPE, and equipment safety.

the conference hall with delegates sitting in rows and the ASLEF logo on a screen. Computers with technical information are visible in the foreground

Stand Up to Racism

Conference also heard from Weyman Bennett, co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism who opened his speech by recognising ASLEF’s longstanding opposition to the far right and our members’ work standing strong against racism.

Weyman Bennett standing speaking at a lectern

Weyman received a standing ovation from delegates.

Over the lunch break, he also spoke to delegates and visitors at a fringe event hosted by BAME Representative Committee Chair San Senik.

Trade unions are at the heart of the fight against racism and fascism and ASLEF is proud to be involved in this work.


Solidarity with Abdullah Öcalan

Delegates took a photograph today to show ASLEF's solidarity with Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish people. Öcalan, the Kurdish leader, has been imprisoned since 1999. Find out more about the campaign here.

Delegates sit and stand in the conference hall holding up yellow posters which say freedom for ocalan

Cuba Solidarity

ASLEF is also proud to extend international solidarity campaigners in Cuba fighting against the blockade, an end to the US occupation of Guantanamo Bay and for the Cuban people's right to be free from foreign intervention. Conference welcomed Rob Miller, Director of Cuba Solidarity Campaign, to address conference today about the organisation’s work.

Rob from Cuba Solidarity Campaign addresses conference


35 Year Badge

Simon Weller, Assistant General Secretary, was also presented with his 35 year ASLEF membership badge today by the General Secretary.

Mick Whelan and Simon Weller shake hands in front of a screen showing an ASLEF logo