ORE ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1980

ORE BRANCH OFFICERS 

1980

Chairman Bro. R. Taylor

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

 Annual General Meeting January 6th 1980

Commenced 10.15 close 12.30

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

F. Jenner & D. King.

Minutes of last meeting were read also minutes of last annual general, it was proposed by Bro. R. Chamberlain and 

seconded by Bro. W. Arling. That the minutes were read as a true record.

In the correspondence that followed including the loss of Bro. Hurst-Gates of Eastbourne, it was felt that should anything like that case happen at Ore than a member of the Branch should make tentative inquiries for the purpose of commencing a claim for re-settlement. this would have to be done very carefully so as not to cause further distress to immediate relatives.

The question of 4 weeks annual leave was discussed, this had been brought up at the A.A.D. before.

It was decided that a resolution be sent to Head Office, informing them that men at Ore do not wish to work on Thursday 25th December 1980. This resolution would be included in the agenda for the next branch meeting.

The Election of Officers.

This was next on the agenda and the following officers were elected for 1980.

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 1980

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

It was proposed by Bro. F. Jenner and seconded by Bro. R. Chamberlain. That Bros. S. Tingley and Bro. W. Arling would be Trades Council Representatives for this Branch. This was voted unanimously.

It was proposed by Bro. R. chamberlain and seconded by Bro. F. Jenner that Bro. D. King be included on the Branch 

Committee.

In the L.D.C. Report that followed Bro. S. Tingley gave details of a recent meeting held at Brighton over the question of men travelling by taxi, and a list of men unable to ride in taxi by way of sickness was held by the list clerk.

The question of the recent modified Saturday service over many days of the Christmas period was discussed. It was felt by many members that it was a very unsatisfactory arrangement giving rise to discounted amongst the staff. 

The question of temporary mess room facilities whilst work on old mess room together with the absence of Xmas greetings to staff from management brought the meeting to a close at 12.30.   

 


   ¼ Meeting March 2nd 1980

Commenced 10.13 close 12.42

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, W. Arling, A. Thompson, A. Stratton, D. Rodgers, & D. King.

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

Bro. W. Arling reported that arising from the minutes, no dates had been fixed for the mess room iterations to take place.

In correspondence which followed, Bro. R. Browning of Battersea was voted as candidate for the T.U.C. South East Regional Council, causal vacancy 1980/81. This was voted unanimously.

L.D.C. Report

Bro. S. Tingley brought up the question of electric power point in the mess room, this had been requested for as a back up system in case of gas failure. This had ben turned down by management. It was agreed that this would be taken up again by Bro. W. Arling, Health & Safety Officer.

The position of the depot at Ore was discussed. At present we were in list ‘C’. Details of meetings with Mr. Greenfield, Motive Power Officer had with management were discussed. The new guide lines to be brought in were read out. This included timings, P.N. Times and booking on times.

District Council Report.

Bro. R. Taylor gave a full report including proposed items from management such as abolition of failed men, 

staggered P.N. times. L574 cancelled, drivers up from 18 years, shower training periods, rest days on a voluntary basis flexibility of rosters, sick pay reduced on short term periods.

The question of Christmas working 1980 was next on the agenda, it has been agreed at the last meeting to send a resolution to Head Office and the following resolution was proposed by Bro. W. Arling and seconded by Br. D. King.

“It has been agreed that Ore Branch under no circumstances will be working any Christmas Days in the future.”

In any other business which was the last item on the agenda, the question of cross cover was again discussed without any final decision being made. 

The proposed dinner/dance at the Falaise Hall was mentioned, this was now open to outsiders.

Meeting closed 12.42



 Graham Court Collection

  ¼ Meeting July 6th 1980

Commenced 10.40 close 12.30

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, W. Arling, E. Spray, D. King, 

D. Rodgers, P. Bowles, S. Spackman, & L. Baldwin.

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

Correspondence was read and discussed.

The question of a power point for the mess room had again ben raised with management, but this had not been agreed. It was agreed that the new gas cooker divider needed to be convect as at present it constituted a fire risk.This would be taken up by the L.D.C.

It was proposed by Bro. S. Tingley and seconded by Bro. W. Arling. 

That Bro. C.R. Browning be elected by this branch for the T.U.C. south East Regional Council.

L.D.C. Report

The L.D.C. had ben to meetings concerning the Victoria - Brighton re-signalling. The question of reversible road working over certain sections of the Brighton line were discussed. Many of the members expressed their concern and uneasiness about this method of working. It was agreed that this question would be closely watched in the future.

A lengthy discussion followed on the question of cross cover and many members gave their opinions on this.

District Council Report.

Bro. R. Taylor gave his report on the recent meeting, which was held with Bro. R. Buckton in attendance, this included a major report which was due later in year. The question of depot closure was again raised, but nothing concrete had been decided.

In any other business which was the last item on the agenda, the question of expense forms to be included in envelope from A.D.M. Brighton, with other revenant paper was requested. The question of P.N. Points was raised, it was agreed that Lewes was acceptable, but not Haywards Heath.

Another suggestion was made that one weeks’ leave over the Xmas period would be worked by the men at the depot, say every three years. This would mean 2/3 working and 1/3 on leave each Xmas.

Meeting closed 12.30  

¼ Meeting October 12th 1980

Commenced 10.30 close 12.05

Members present Bros. S. Tingley, R. Taylor, D. Roberts, W. Arling, A. Thompson, P. Bowles, E. Spray & D. King.

Minutes of last meeting were read, it was proposed by Bro. D. King and seconded by Bro. A. Thompson. That the minutes were read as a true record.

Correspondence was read and discussed.

The question of depot closure was again raised, it was agreed that management were at present undecided with the future of Ore depot.

A lengthy debate on the question of Cross Cover followed. It was agreed that a letter be sent to Head Office, asking them what progress had been made on this subject, which was being discussed at National Level.

Various incident had happened recently at Southeast Crossing with several members. It was agreed that the L.D.C. request a joint meeting of L.D.C.s concerned over this. A copy of a members report would also be sent to Head Office.

It was proposed by Bro. E. Spray and seconded by Bro. S. Tingley. 

That Bro. R. Marchant of St Leonards be our elected candied for 1981 A.A.D.

The question of payslips was raised, it was agreed that these payslips should be put in “ personal” marked envelopes. 

The present procedure was totally unsatisfactory and the L.D.C would take this matter up with the people concerned.

The L.D.C. raised the point of 481 duty, if a man on this turn had to be covered it would be covered by 466 duty man.

Bro. W. Arling stated that he would like to stand down as one of the Trades Council Representatives for personal reasons. It was agreed that a suitable replacement would be elected at the next A.G.M.

Meeting closed 12.05

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