Communication is key to everything we do as a trade union and the very best way to do this is just to
talk to and ask questions of each other. If you are unsure about something or have heard yet
another mess-room rumour, why not get it clarified by one of your branch officials. If they don’t
know the answer they will make inquiries and get back to you.
Nationally, Simon Weller (National Organiser) has been tasked with the overhaul of the ASLEF
website and many improvements are being planned. When you log-in the website will recognise
your credentials and your home page will be tailored to you. Giving regional, local and company
news aimed specifically at you. The whole of the rest of the website will still be available to you at a
click of a button but hopefully the starting page will be more relevant. Social networking is also being
included with links and feeds to Facebook and Twitter.
Head Office also hope to improve other means of communication by getting members’ private email
addresses and mobile phone numbers collated by Branch Secretaries so they can be added to the
membership database. This will mean that when it is needed, urgent communication and news
updates can be sent to members direct. This has been used to great effect in the recent DB Shenker
dispute and greatly improved the information members received regarding the progress of the
On South Eastern we now have Joint Branch meetings, which are held regularly throughout the year.
The next one is on Wednesday 10th October at the Royal British Legion Club, Priory Road, Tonbridge.
From 18:30 – 20:30.
Faversham’s next meeting is on Tuesday 16th October at the Railway Hotel from 19:00.
Please try and support both of them! You can the answers straight from the horse’s mouth!
As you can see ASLEF Faversham Branch has its own website back up and running along with the
Branch shop. If you want to contribute to the website just get in contact with Bro. Andy Cooke or
I will continue to add items to the ASLEF Faversham Branch Facebook page and keep you up to date
via emails and texts.