You may already be aware that earlier this week Network Rail announced their progress on the work on the Farnworth tunnel project, along with plans to return to a full service as of 14th December.
This is a key milestone in the work to upgrade our line to allow for the use of electric trains. It is also one that re-opens many questions about the future of the service, and the need to address overcrowding.
Of course a return to full service will be a great improvement to the situation we have today, but this should bring us back to where we were in spring and our problems go back much further than that.
For the full backstory on my work to address overcrowding on our trains visit www.davidcrausby.co.uk/trains
A return to a full service should mean there is now a clearer timetable for the completion of the electrification works. This should also mean plans should be coming together to restore the key services that were redirected away from Bolton two years ago. However, I have yet to hear any detailed plans to this effect.
With that in mind I have written to First Transpennine Express to ask for an update on plans to restore our services. I have also written to Northern Rail to ask that all available diesel carriages be used to improve Bolton’s capacity in the interim period.
You may already be aware that earlier this week Network Rail announced their progress on the work on the Farnworth tunnel project, along with plans to return to a...
Each November the trade union Usdaw marks Respect for Shopworkers Week, to highlight and prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff.
Too often retail employees are confronted with abuse while at work and it is important that we stand together and ask our community to respect shopworkers.
The Christmas shopping period is approaching and the stores will get busier and tensions will sometimes build. I was personally shocked by the scenes of violence that we saw last year during the chaos of Black Friday and I do not want to see anything like that again this year.
The sad reality is that this doesn’t just happen on one day, over three hundred shopworkers are assaulted every day and incidents of violence at work have increased in the last 12 months.
I will continue to campaign with Usdaw to provide shopworkers with the support that they need and deserve. We must give a clear message to everyone that abusing or assaulting workers who are serving the public is totally unacceptable. Everyone should be able to go about their work free from fear.
Each November the trade union Usdaw marks Respect for Shopworkers Week, to highlight and prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff. Too often retail employees are confronted with...
Hundreds of trade unionists came to Parliament last week to speak to their local MPs about the Trade Union Bill. Thank you to those from Bolton who made the trip down to see me.
The Trade Union Bill will make it harder for unions to protect their members at work. Some of the rules set out in the Bill for balloting members are far harsher than we have for the election of politicians or any referenda and are clearly designed to discredit the collective ions of ordinary workers.
Other parts of the Bill are just silly, like the now dropped plans to make unions give the police two weeks notice of social media posts during any industrial action.
The government talk about the impact of strikes on the public, and they're right, the impact of industrial action should not be taken lightly. However the reason that they have such a problem with strikes is that they repeatedly take decisions without properly considering the effects of their policies on working people. If the government want fewer strikes the need to learn how to listen to people, not take their voice away.
Many employers oppose the measures in this Bill as they know that good relationships with unions in the workplace help their business to run smoothly. Even some Conservative MPs oppose the Bill as they see the corrosive effect that these measures will have on our society in the long term. I hope that they will join us in putting pressure on the Government to change course.
I know the important role that trade unions play in our society and I do not want to see our rights stripped away. I am opposed to this Bill and will continue to oppose it as it progresses through Parliament.
Hundreds of trade unionists came to Parliament last week to speak to their local MPs about the Trade Union Bill. Thank you to those from Bolton who made the trip...
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