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The new freeday arrangements previously advised have not been implemented for Waterloo drivers.

From week commencing the 5th of March 2017, you have to tell CRO which freedays you are available to work, not the ones you want off. To do this you are required to fill in a form, and fax it to CRO showing availability dates up to 4 weeks in advance.

For more information, download the CRO poster here.

To download the new freeday availability form click here.

Article first added on : Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:39:17 +0000
....... Final update on : Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:15:14 +0000

EQ logo

27th April 2017 - 4pm

A chance to meet your Equalities Representatives

Ed D’Bell ( Southampton ) – BEM RC
Romolo Lanzi ( Bournemouth ) – LGBT RC
Angela O’Sullivan ( Guildford ) – WRC


Marz Colombini – Executive Committee Member

All welcome – come to chat, mingle and find out how to become more involved
We look forward to seeing you in the Function Room at:

The Horse & Stables Pub,
122 - 124 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7RW

Article first added on : Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:06:29 +0000
....... Final update on : Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:23:37 +0000

From the 20th of August 2017, 'First MTR South Western Trains' will take over the franchise of the South Western railway.

To read the government announcement click here

To see what First group have promised clck here.

For Stagecoach's take on it all cliick here
Article first added on : Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:24:26 +0100
....... Final update on : Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:54:24 +0100

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you may know Duncan Bird has given up the ASLEF Waterloo Nine Elms learning rep position, and transferred to Basingstoke Depot. We thank him for his dedication and contribution to the role.

I was elected as the new rep at May's branch meeting, held on Monday 15th May 2017.
If there are any learning issues you feel I can assist with, please do not hesitate to contact me. I may be able to put a session together or point you in the right direction.

I doubt I will know the answer immediately, but I will endeavour to find it as soon as possible, I myself have some learning to do with regards to the role.

I can be contacted using the email address below.

Fraternally Yours,

Daniel Rice.
Article first added on : Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:08:27 +0100
....... Final update on : Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:15:41 +0100

The hardship monthly draw was proposed in March 2016 as a means to boost our ailing hardship fund coffers while providing a bit of fun for its members. The money raised is split 50/50 between the hardship fund and a monthly prize drawn using a randomly generated number. Whoever has purchased that number wins the prize. The first draw took place in July 2016.

If you wish to renew your number(s) so you're included in July's draw, or if you wish to join the monthly hardship fund draw, payment must be made before the end of June. The cost per number is £15 which includes six monthly draws (July to December).

For more information, please contact the Waterloo Nine Elms Branch Secretary.
Article first added on : Thu, 08 Jun 2017 01:45:32 +0100
....... Final update on : Thu, 08 Jun 2017 01:45:32 +0100

Commencing Sunday 16th July 2017

Link 1

S. McNAMEE vice VAC line 15

Link 2

G. ALDER vice VAC line 26
C. BURTON vice S. McNAMEE line 51

Link 3

R. BLAND vice C. BURTON line 15
G. FORD vice G. ALDER line 35

Link 4

S. ISLAM vice G. FORD line 12
O. GRANVILLE vice R. BLAND line 1

Link 6

A. SANDHU vice VAC Line 3
Article first added on : Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:51:16 +0100
....... Final update on : Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:51:16 +0100

The result of the ballot is as follows:
1,179 Papers sent out
702 Votes cast
583 Voted Yes
119 Voted No
No Spoilt papers

Section 226 (2B) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act applies to this ballot.
The number of votes cast in the ballot was at least 50% of the number of individuals voting in the ballot.
The number of individuals answering “Yes” is at least 40% of the number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot.

Article first added on : Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:40:28 +0100
....... Final update on : Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:44:22 +0100

Southeastern have produced four route learning videos into the Waterloo International terminal and put them on to YouTube. If you want a non computer generated graphics view prior to the August 'Blockade' click here.
Article first added on : Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:56:50 +0100
....... Final update on : Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:56:50 +0100

The web address for "The Platform" has changed and the old site has been taken down but a new address has been provided :

Use your existing log in details.
Article first added on : Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:55:11 +0100
....... Final update on : Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:57:59 +0100

Following constructive discussions, the Company Council and the District Organiser have today advised that Network Rail have committed to work with our representatives and First Group to provide a long term solution to the signalling out of platforms 7 and 8. They have requested eightweeks grace to enable them to draft plans and source materials etc.

In the interests of good industrial relations, our representatives have agreed a safe system of work to operate in the interim period and the Executive Committee has therefore agreed that the industrial action taking place on Platforms 7 and 8 at Waterloo Station will be suspended for an eight-week period from 29 August 2017 until 02.00 hrs on Monday 23 October 2017.
Article first added on : Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:07:55 +0100
....... Final update on : Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:46:33 +0100

Members are advised that nominations for the South Western Railway Company Council are now being sought for a three-year term of office commencing 1 January 2018.

Election of the nominees must be conducted at branch level. Each branch must advise Head Office of their successful candidate(s) by 10.00 hrs on Thursday 19 October 2017. If a normal branch meeting is not due to be held prior to that date, then a special branch meeting must be convened. However Waterloo Nine Elms branch has a normal branch meeting scheduled for the 2nd of October.

Only those branch members in the relevant constituency may participate in the election.
Article first added on : Sat, 09 Sep 2017 02:25:33 +0100
....... Final update on : Sat, 09 Sep 2017 02:25:33 +0100

Nominations for the SWR CC positions which commence on January 1st 2018, will be considered at our next meeting that has been planned for Monday 2nd October.

In order for you to make your own informed choice, the five nomination addresses that the Branch Secretary received are provided below.

The five candidates are
Each branch can nominate up to three candidates.
Article first added on : Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:40:12 +0100
....... Final update on : Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:48:40 +0100

During their 21 September 2017 session, the Executive Committee gave consideration to a report from the Executive Committee member for District No.1 in respect of developments regarding the Waterloo Remodelling dispute.

In response to a recommendation from the Lead Officer and the Company Council, the current suspension of industrial action be extended for a further month until 23:59 on the 25th of November 2017 to facilitate meetings with Network Rail.
Article first added on : Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:59:18 +0100
....... Final update on : Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:59:18 +0100

It is with deep regret that we have to report the passing of Dave Mortlock.
The funeral will take place on 10:00 on Thursday the 5th of October 2017


Basildon Crematorium
Church Road, Bowers Gifford,
Basildon, Essex SS13 2HG

The crematorium is also known as 'Bowers Gifford Crematorium' and 'Pitea Crematorium'.
The nearest train station is Pitsea (1¼ miles away). A taxi firm operates from the station.
For more information, visit

Article first added on : Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:36:45 +0100
....... Final update on : Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:56:43 +0100

The next meeting of the ASLEF Waterloo Nine Elms branch will take place at 15:30 on Monday 6th November at our usual venue. The SWR Company Council elections will take place at this meeting. We will also be choosing our branch policy items and rule changes for next year's AAD (ASLEF Conference).

The General Secretary, Mick Whelan, has kindly agreed to attend; he will be happy to give a report on the state of our union and answer any questions that you might have.
Article first added on : Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:21:09 +0100
....... Final update on : Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:59:21 +0100

Information has been received from Farnham Branch
regarding Barry Foster's funeral arrangements.

Photo of Barry Foster

Barry Foster’s Funeral Service will take place at
The Park Crematorium, Guildford Road, Aldershot, Hampshire
GU12 4BP
Monday 20 November at 14.15.

Then afterwards at Aldershot Football Club

Donations in Barry’s Memory to the Royal Marsden Hospital
Please No Flowers

Article first added on : Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:32:42 +0000
....... Final update on : Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:35:04 +0000

The results of the SWR company council election is as follows :
S. Armour : 326
N. Cummins : 917
A. Davey : 807
M. Dye : 1072
A. Holloway : 216

N. Cummins, A. Davey and M. Dye are duly re-elected.
Article first added on : Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:01:39 +0000
....... Final update on : Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:01:39 +0000

Link 1

N. BROWN vice VAC line 30
W. SULLIVAN vice VAC line 22
M. CURTIS vice VAC line 3
W. FRANCIS vice VAC line 19

Link 2

A. JAVED vice M. CURTIS line 23
J. REBOLLEDO vice W. FRANCIS line 16

Link 3

K. SANDERSON vice A. JAVED line 17
T. PORCZYZ vice VAC line 30

Link 4

E. DENIM vice S. YOUNGER line 25
J. D. WHITE vice K. SANDERSON line 8
N. KEELEY vice C. SPERTI-SAINZ line 21
D. PITT vice T. PORCZYZ line 6

Link 5

(V. Antony to replace M. Cleall-Harding)
Article first added on : Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:43:14 +0000
....... Final update on : Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:45:58 +0000