Labour MEP Seb Dance dubbed Britain’s EU exit only “a sabbatical”, adding: “One day British MEPs will get to sit here again and represent our interests and work with our neighbours to solve common problems”. … [Read more...] about Brexit Party MEP risks euro chiefs’ fury by pinching European Parliament’s Union Jack
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The union reiterated its opposition to the government’s measures to introduce a universal points-based pension system instead of the 42 individual schemes that exist at the moment, which it said was unjust and a regression for workers’ rights. Unsa insisted it was not giving in but was calling for “another form of action”. … [Read more...] about Paris transport set to return to normal as rail union suspends strike
Unions say they are acting in the interests of passenger safety, but that argument sounds flimsy when plenty of lines run securely with guardless trains. Support for the Southern strikers relies instead on a vintage notion of solidarity – the assertion that rail chiefs and ministers are the common enemy of rail workers and passengers. That theoretical alliance isn’t so plausible when the passengers feel like hostages to someone else’s contractual dispute. They do not care how the conflict started, nor do they dwell on the hierarchy of blame. There is enough to go around for unions, train companies and the government. … [Read more...] about Rail chiefs or unions: can passengers trust either of them?
For all his controversial statements about drivers, Wilkinson also told Rail Professional magazine two years ago: “Frontline staff are the heroes of this industry, they’re the people who make it work, not people like me in head offices and places; this is a nonsense, we’re just petty bureaucrats.” … [Read more...] about Peter Wilkinson: the man the unions say is driving the Southern rail strike
Details of the agreement reached in negotiations held at the TUC between operating company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and drivers’ union Aslef have yet to be announced, but Aslef appears to have conceded a key principle that a train can run in certain circumstances with only a driver on board. It is thought that GTR has reiterated an earlier offer – also made to the RMT – to always roster a second, safety-trained crew member but now with conditions where they could operate trains without them if necessary. … [Read more...] about Southern rail and union agree deal to end strikes over driver-only trains