ASLEF Journal - October 2023

ASLEF in action: winning at work
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  • Strike! The latest on our long-running dispute with 16 TOCs (and the Tory government)
  • TOCs' ticket plan angers Tory voters in Rail Minister's own constituency; plus Off the Rails: Grant Shapps; Cilla Black; Boris Johnson and the Hate Mail; Rishi Sunak's preferred election date; and Eddie Howe 'beheaded' in Brighton
  • Scotland celebrates 100 women members
  • ASLEF in action at the DfT over savage cuts



  • Jim Ring reflects on Thomas Edmondson's innovation, in 1842, of a ticket to ride the rails
  • Oliver Bowman reports on the strategic importance of the railway in war
  • Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes for ASLEF at the 155th TUC in Liverpool
  • Mick Whelan, Paul Nowak, Dawn Stewart, John McCue, Andy Hudd, and the slave ships
  • Angela Rayner, Maria Exall, Hannah Blythyn, Mick Whelan, Simon Weller, Trevor Robinson
  • ASLEF in action: some striking images (and a lot of hi-vis jackets) from our picket lines



  • Obituaries, Branch lines and upcoming events, Letters, legal services and change of address form
  • Fraser Massey read sand reviews the best of the recent crime thrillers set on the railway
  • On track: Nigel Harris steps off the footplate of Rail after 28 years