ORE ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1978

ORE BRANCH OFFICERS 

1978

Chairman Bro. R. Taylor

Vice Chairman Bro F. Jenner
Secretary Bro. D. Roberts

Annual General Meeting January 8th 1978

Commenced 10.55 close 12.45

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, W. Arling, A. Thompson, E. Spray,  R. Chamberlain 

& L. Baldwin.

Minutes of last meeting were read, it was proposed by Bro. R. Chamberlain and seconded by Bro. A. Thompson that the minutes were a true record.

Correspondence was read and fully discussed.

The branch rest;union to Head Office was discussed, it was agreed to send the resolution again at the end of this year in time for the 1978 A.A.D.

The Election of Officers

This took place and the Officers elected for 1978 were as follows

Branch Chairman Bro. R. Taylor, Vice Chairman Bro. F. Jenner, Branch Secretary Bro. D. Roberts.

L.D.C. Chairman Bro. W. Arling, L.D.C. Secretary Bro. S. Tingley, Stand in Bro. D. Roberts.

District Council Representative Bro. R. Taylor.

Committee for 1977

Bros. D. Roberts, W. Arling, R. Taylor, S. Tingley, R. Chamberlain, E. Spray & A. Thompson.

As Bro. R. Chamberlain had come to the end of his two years service on the L.D.C. nominations were asked for

Bro. W. Arling was proposed by Bro. L. Baldwin and seconded by Bro. A. Thompson

Bro. R. Chamberlain was proposed by Bro. S. Tingley and seconded by Bro. R. Taylor.

A vote was taken on this Bro. W. Arling received 4 votes and Bro. R. Chamberlain 2 votes.

It was agreed that the L.D.C. Secretary contact A.D.M Brighton with a view to an election at the depot for the job as 

L.D.C. Chairman.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. S. Tingley gave his report which included the new timetable for 1978 and stock being cleaned at Ore depot 

between services.

Meeting closed 12.45.

¼ Meeting April 2nd 1978

Commenced 10.40 close 1.10

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, A. Thompson, S. Spackman, R. Chamberlain, E. Spray, 

L. Baldwin & W. Arling.

Minutes of A.G.M. were read,and discussed it was proposed by Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Bro. R. Chamberlian. 

That the minutes were read as a true record.

Correspondence was read and fully discussed.

The question of rostering staff on a 7 day basis as set out in Head Office circular 10/1978 was debated on. It was 

proposed by Bro. E. Spray and seconded by Bro. A. Thompson. That a letter be send to A.A.D. delegate Bro. P. Plaine, 

condemning any implementation of the 7 day roster.

Bro. S. Spackman agreed to attend meeting at Tunbridge Wells as delegate from Ore Branch on Saturday 22nd April 

1978.

L.D.C. Report

The cleaning of stock in new workings was again brought up. It was agreed that a letter be sent to management 

stating that London trains would be shunted into shed for cleaning cab ends.

The Sectional Council Representative Bro. W. Eames & Bro. B. Noakes arrived and a lengthy discussion ensued on 

the possible increase in depot establishment from 26 - 28 men.

Details of previous rosters were dismissed also the pros & cons of the issue.

It was proposed by Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Bro. R. Chamberlain. That the proposed roster of 28 men be 

accepted. This was a unanimous decision.

Meeting closed 1.10

 ¼ Meeting July 9th 1978

Commenced 10.45 close 12.55

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, L. Baldwin & W. Arling.

Minutes of last meeting were read,and it was proposed by Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Bro. S. Tingley. That the minutes were read as a true record.

Correspondence was read and various items were discussed including the proposed re hearing of  the Increase 

Productivity claim submitted by Head Office.

L.D.C. Report

The cleaning of cab ends was discussed and the present arrangements on this were working satisfactory.

The mess room was brought up and the question of the new doorway as a possible fire exit. It was agreed that the L.D.C. contact guards representative at Hastings with a view to having a joint meeting on these points as follows:-

Fire exit, locker accommodation, notice cases, these items included guards who share accommodation with drivers. It was agreed that facilities could be improved with the increased depot establishment. This meeting would probably include the welfare people as well.

The proposed improvement in the toilet facilities had also been agreed upon.

The sighting of various signals and the need to cut back foliage on the approach to some signals was brought up by members present. Ore signal in particular which needed re-sighted was down home signal at Hamden Park.

The second half of the meeting was given to Bro. P.H. Plane of Brighton No.2 who as A.A.D. representative had agree to give a talk on this year’s A.A.D.

He bgan by describing the opening of the A.A.D., following on was the E.C. Report and then gave a detailed and informative talk on each day’s proceedings and the various resolutions that were brought up. Among these were the 7 days roster which was defeated by 44 votes to 3 for.

Meeting closed 12.55

 ¼ Meeting October 8th 1978

Commenced 10.30 close 12.15

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, F. Jenner, D. Roberts, L. Baldwin & S. Spackman.

Minutes of last meeting were read, it was proposed by Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Bro. L. Baldwin. That the minutes were read as a true record.

Correspondence was read and discussed.

It was proposed by  Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Bro. S. Specimen. That Bro. P.H. Blaine of Brighton No.2 be nominated for 1979 A.A.D.

The following resolution was agreed to be sent to Head Office by members of the Branch. Proposed by bro. S. Tingley and seconded by Bro. S. Spackman.

“It is unanimously decided at the above Branch that the E.C. of A.S.L.E.F. be instructed to negotiate with the B.R.B. for double time payments for all Bank Holidays Workings plus two days compensatory leave in lieu in with supervisory grades.”

L.D.C. Report

The question of overhanging foliage along lines was discussed also the approach to some signals. It was a job for individual drivers to report such matters at various places and not for L.D.C.’s to take up as stipulated by the management.

A meeting had taken place over improved mess room facilities and the possible extension of locker room. This meeting was attended by the Chief Welfare Officer, South Eastern Division.

A lengthy discussion followed on the 1979 and 1980 Annual Leave roster. It was agreed by the members present that for 1979, the first three periods men would have choice to change their 2 weeks Annual Leave before end of October then it would be on a first come, first serve basis.

For 1980 thee first three periods men on each shift would have to apply within six weeks of date of publication of Annual Leave roster, then other men to apply for changes in vacant positions.

The Xmas traffic arrangements were discussed before the meeting closed at 12.15.

Annual General Meeting December 3rd 1978

Commenced 10.35 close 12.30

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, S. Spackman, W. Arling, R. Chamberlain, A. Thompson, 

J. Gain & D. Rodgers.

Minutes of last meeting were read, it was proposed by Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Bro. S. Spackman. That the minutes were read as a true record.

Correspondence was read and various items were discussed including locker room alterations.

Bro. P.H. Blaine, Brighton No.2 was voted for the 1979 A.A.D., this was proposed by Bro. J. Gain and seconded by Bro. S. Tingley.

The Election of Officers

This was read on the agenda and the following Officers were elected for 1979.

Branch Chairman Bro. R. Taylor, Vice Chairman Bro. F. Jenner, Branch Secretary Bro. D. Roberts.

L.D.C. Chairman Bro. W. Arling, L.D.C. Secretary Bro. S. Tingley, Stand in Bro. D. Roberts.

District Council Representative Bro. R. Taylor.

Committee for 1979

Bros. D. Roberts, W. Arling, R. Taylor, S. Tingley, R. Chamberlain, E. Spray & A. Thompson.

A letter would be sent to A.D.M. Brighton notifying management. That Bros S. Tingley would stand for a further two years as L.D.C. Secretary, 1979 - 1980.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. S. Tingley gave his report which included electrification of Eastern side, Tunbridge - Hastings - Ashford. Letter had been sent to Section Council over this, but at present no plains had been revealed.

The question of Minute 65 being adopted at Ore was discussed by members present at the conclusion it was agreed that a letter be sent to A.D.M. Brighton, requesting that Minute 65 be carried out for men at Ore Depot.

Bro. R. Taylor, District Council Rep. gave a report on a Special Meeting which had been convened at Arkwright Road on 27th November 1978 over the present unofficial action. He read out a resolution which had been adopted at the meeting. It was hoped that a satisfactory conclusion would be reached before January 6th 1979, when more industrial action would probably be taken.

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