TUNBRIDGE WELLS ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1974

TUNBRIDGE WELLS BRANCH OFFICERS 

1974

Chairman Bro. A. Brooker

Vice Chairman Bro R. Bridger
Secretary Bro. W. Baldwin
Assistant Secretary Bro. F. Diplock

Tunbridge Wells Meeting

Sunday February 17th 1974 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station


The minutes of the last meeting were read by the Branch Secretary and it was moved by Bro. F. Diplock and seconded Bro. R. Bridger  that they were a true record.

Matters arising

Parliamentary Panel

Due to the difficulty of finding an alternative Branch Room for the January Annual General Meeting and because Bro. W. Williams had declined nomination from this branch, it was necessary for the branch chairman and secretary to decided and foreward to Head Office an alternative for the Parliamentary Panel. It  was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded Bro. F. Diplock. “That a full branch endorsement be given to the action taken in voting for Bro. G. Andrews from this branch.” Carried  Unanimously.

Lewes and Uckfield Joint Rail Committee

A letter of thanks received from Mrs Gowtton, Secretary, was read to members thanking them for the £2.00 sent from this Branch as help towards the expences of their meeting on the 26th September, 1973. 

Nominations of Election of Branch Officers 1974

It was proposed seconded and unanimously accepted by all members present that the Branch Officer for 1974 to be the same as 1973 with the following exception.

It was proposed Bro. A. Brooker seconded Bro. R. Brown and accepted that Bro. W.  Baldwin be scrutineer for 1974.

It was proposed Bro. K. Cavie, seconded Bro. R. Bridger and accepted that Bro. R. Brown should fill the (1) Branch Officer vacancy and the Branch Officers were duly elected as follows.

Chairman A. Brooker, Vice Chairman R. Bridger, Secretary W. Baldwin, Ass. Sec F. Diplock, Scrutineer Bro. W. Baldwin.

Branch Committee

Bros K. Savage, R. Brown, V. Rumley, A. Dougherty, A. Young & P. Pepper.

District Council Bro. A. Broker

Trades Council Delegates Bros. A. Brooker & R. Bridger

Trustee Bro. K. Savage.

Financial Report

The branch secretary gave the financial report of the Branch for the year ending  31st December ’73. This gave figure of  Branch expenditures during the past year of the branch funds deposited in the National Westminster Bank account, Mutual Aid Fund account in Bristol & West Building Society and cash in hand.

On completion of his report it was proposed Bro. R. bridger, seconded Bro. F. diplock. “That the Branch Financial statement be accepted as a true record.

L.D.C. Report

The L.D.C. secretary Bro. A. Brooker gave a full report on the local issues being attended to by the committee and brought to special attention of the meeting, New Bank Holiday Rosters as proposed by the L.D.C. He gave a detailed talk on the necessity for changes to be made and on various principles that had been examined for doing so it was proposed Bro. K. Cavie and seconded Bro. Dougherty “That Min. 10 to be recinded and a new minute 16 be replaced on principle  No.2 of the L.D.c. propose this was unanimously agreed by all members present.

Any Other Business

Bro. K. Cavie expressed his concern of the uncertainty  of drivers at this and other depots on the exact interpretation and procedure of the policy of non cooperation as instructed by the E.C. to all members implement. He pointed out that on several occasions it was noticeable that any one man would do what another man realise  in following the policy of non cooperation and it was proposed by Bro. K. Cavie and seconded Bro A. Dougherty. “That if after the General Election, the situation returned to as before a special meeting would be called so that an agreed procedure to the E.C. instructions could be determined and carried out. This was unanimously agreed by all members present.

There being no other business the Chairman brought the meeting to a close at 13.15 Hrs.

 

  

Tunbridge Wells Meeting

Sunday April 28th 1974 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station

The minutes of the last meeting were read by the Branch Secretary and it was moved by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded Bro. F. Diplock  that they were a true record.

The Branch Chairman pointed out ti the members, that due to the importance  of the issues to be explained, discussed and voted on within the L.D.C. report, it was necessary that this report was the next item to be given a full discussion at the meeting.

L.D.C. Report

The L.D.C. Secretary Bro. A. Brooker explained that after examining the contents  of the proposed May 6th workings. The L.D.C. unanimously agreed that they were totally unacceptable and asked management for a meeting to get improvements on the contents of the diagram workings.

A meeting was arranged for the L.D.C. to meet Sectional Council (B) and management on the 19th April ’74 and further meetings were held on the 24th & 27th April ’74 all with no agreeable improvements made and the L.D.C. informed management that they would put position to the members at the Branch meeting arranged for Sunday 28th April ’74.

The contents of the workings were examine questioned and given a full diiscusin by all members present and it was proposed by Bro. R. Bridger and seconded Bro. M. Allen. “That a vote of confidence be given on the action taken by the L.D.C. on this matter and this Branch fully supports and endorse the Representations made. This was agreed unanimously.

It was moved by Bro. K. Cavie and seconded Bro. D. Godden. “That an interim roster be accepted until 17th May ’74 and that the diagrammed PC/TC/PB & BTH be strictly adhered to and all units stable  and position as instructed on the diagram workings and it was moved by Bro. L. Stephenson and seconded Bro. D. Ward. “That the following resolutions are carried at this meeting.

Resolution (1)

This branch only accepts the interim roster for S.X. duties for 6th – 10th & 13th – 17th on the basis of the clear understanding that the demand for a joint L.D.C.s Victoria and Tunbridge Wells West meeting be met by the management with the interim of improving the mileage and content of the diagrams as presented at the meeting of Saturday 27th April 1974. Carried by a small majority.

Resolution (2)

This Branch instructs the L.D.C. and Branch Secretary to advise management and interested parties, including Area Organiser and S.C. “B”. That in the event offailure to obtain improvement in the diagram contents the drivers at this depot will only report for duty at 06.00 & 14.00Hrs as from May 20th 1974. Carried Unanimously

Consolidatary Payment Areas.

The L.D.C. Secretary informed the members that he was unable to finalise this as he was awaiting  a reply from Head Office to a letter dated 2nd April 197. Criticism was made by the members of the time lapse of no reply when it only required; either confirmation of agreement made, or a subsequently amended and B ranch Secretary was instructed to write to Head Office on this matter.

The L.D.C. Secretary completed his report on outstanding issues i.e. Car Parking, Bank Holidays etc. and was thanked by all members present.

There being no other business the Chairman brought the meeting to a close at 13.00Hrs.

13 members were present.

Tunbridge Wells Meeting

Sunday July 14th 1974 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station


The minutes of the last meeting were taken as read.

Matters Arising

The L.D.C. Secretary Bro. A. Brooker explained the acceptance by the L.D.C. of the revised May 6th workings and it was agreed that the L.D.C. decision on this matter be given the full support of the Branch and the Branch Secretary instructed to advise the Area Depot Manager and Secretary Sectional Council (B) of this. Agreed Unanimously.

Consolidation Payment Areas

The Branch Secretary wrote to Head Office on this matter on the 7th & 30th May ’74 and forwarded the reply to the L.D.C. , this was accepted and arrangements were made for each driver to receive £1.94 Consolidation Payment Areas. The depot figure for the nationally agreed week.

Voting Paper For Vacancy Sectional Council “B”

It was unanimously agreed that Bro. B. Noakes Brighton No.2 be voted for the position from this Branch.

Trade Council Information

As Tunbridge Wells Branch is already affiliated to the Tunbridge Wells Trade Council with a recorded Branch Trades Council Delegate, only conformation of this required to be forward to Head Office.

District Council No.4 Report

The District Council Delegate gave his report of the D.C. 4 meeting at Croydon o the 8th July ’74 and spoke of the possible recall of the 1974 A.A.D. when the findings of the R.S.N.T. were announced.

L.D.C. Report

The L.D.C. Secretary Bro. A. Brooker gave his report to the branch, this covered outstanding issues, further points on depot car parking and mounting concern about the walkways at signals.

There being no other business the chairman brought the meeting to a close at 13.00

3 members present.

Tunbridge Wells Meeting

Sunday October 13th 1974 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station

The minutes of the last meeting were taken as read.

Delegate to 1975 A.A.D.

It was agreed and seconded that Bro. A. Brooker Tunbridge Wells branch be nominated. Agreed unanimously.

L.D.C. Report.

The L.D.C. Secretary Bro. A. Brooker gave his report to the branch, this covered rosters for 1976, platform shelter for platform 4 & 5, carrying detonators in taxis, state of goods yard, D.E.M.U. restrictions, conditions of Oxted staff room, Edenbridge Town platform extention and October diagrams.

Any Other Business

The question of a collection for Bro. C. Smith (retired) was brought to the attention of the meeting and the branch secretary was instructed to write to Branch Secretary Bro. Ellis South Eastern District and inquire if any collection was made on his behalf when he moved from Addiscombe to Tunbridge Wells West, before any positive action is taken on this.

Mutual Aid Fund

The branch secretary informed the members present, that Bro. J. Vigar had now been off work through illness for aperiod of 13 weeks and as per Mutual Aid Fund agreement would draw £3.25 from Bristol & West Building Society for our member.

There being no other business the chairman brought the meeting to a close at 13.00

 

Tunbridge Wells Meeting

Sunday November 17th 1974 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station

The minutes of the last meeting were read by the branch secretary and it was moved by Bro. H. Love and seconded Bro. F. Diplock. “That they were a true record.”

Matters arising

Collection for Bro. C. Smith (retired)

The Branch Secretary wrote to Bro. Friend Branch Secretary S/E District as per October meeting and a collection was made on his behalf and a cheque for £10.60 was forwarded to the Branch Secretary for Bro. Smithh. This together with £5.60 collected at Tunbridge Wells West was given to Bro. Smith at his home on the 22nd December ’74, with a bunch of Chrysanthemum’s for his wife on his retirement.

Edenbridge Town Platform Extention

As per the discussion within the L.D.C. Report at the October meeting, on this matter the Branch Secretary has written to Head Office and is awaiting their reply.

District Council Report

Bro. A. Brooker, Branch District Council Delegate gave a full report on the meeting held on the 28th October 1974.

L.D.C. Report

The L.D.C. Secretary gave his report on the present position on items being attended by the L.D.C., these covered Oxted & East Grinstead staff room, state of goods yard, two days leave and changing 2 days leave 1976 roster.

L.D.C. Nominations

It was proposed and seconded  that due to there not being any official procedure for this at the branch, all future L.D.c. nominations to be taken at the October branch meeting. Agreed Unanimously.

Vacancy for 1 L.D.C. member

The following members for this vacancy

It was proposed Bro. D. Ward and seconded Bro. H. Love that Bro. B. Baldock be nominated

It was proposed by Bro. L. Whiting and seconded Bro. B. Baldock that Bro. D. Ward be nominated.

This was voted on and the results were as follows Bro. D. Ward 5 votes, Bro. B. Baldock 1 vote & 1 non vote.

Br. D. Ward was therefore nominated and voted as official candidate for this position.

Any other business

The subject of collectors for drivers telephone attendants of sick was brought to the attention of the meeting  and given a full discussion it was unanimously agreed that the branch secretary be given full authority to hold a depot collection after a man had been off 6 weeks and another after 26 weeks with a figure of 25p per head collected. In the case of retirements this be made for all to subscribe to, at the booking office.

Attention was also brought to the meeting of incidents occurring where through extra non – diagrammed shunts having to be made were causing delayed starts to booked trains, and drivers were being questioned to any late starts of their trains through this matter be left open for further discussion if it continued.

There being no other business the chairman brought the meeting to a close at 13.00 Hrs.

Tunbridge Wells Meeting

Sunday November 17th 1974 at 10.30 p.m.

at the Welfare Rooms, Central Station

The minutes of the last meeting were read by the branch secretary and it was moved by Bro. H. Love and seconded Bro. F. Diplock. “That they were a true record.”

Matters arising

Collection for Bro. C. Smith (retired)

The Branch Secretary wrote to Bro. Friend Branch Secretary S/E District as per October meeting and a collection was made on his behalf and a cheque for £10.60 was forwarded to the Branch Secretary for Bro. Smith. This together with £5.60 collected at Tunbridge Wells West was given to Bro. Smith at his home on the 22nd December ’74, with a bunch of Chrysanthemum’s for his wife on his retirement.

Edenbridge Town Platform Extention

As per the discussion within the L.D.C. Report at the October meeting, on this matter the Branch Secretary has written to Head Office and is awaiting their reply.

District Council Report

Bro. A. Brooker, Branch District Council Delegate gave a full report on the meeting held on the 28th October 1974.

L.D.C. Report

The L.D.C. Secretary gave his report on the present position on items being attended by the L.D.C., these covered Oxted & East Grinstead staff room, state of goods yard, two days leave and changing 2 days leave 1976 roster.

L.D.C. Nominations

It was proposed and seconded  that due to there not being any official procedure for this at the branch, all future L.D.c. nominations to be taken at the October branch meeting. Agreed Unanimously.

Vacancy for 1 L.D.C. member

The following members for this vacancy

It was proposed Bro. D. Ward and seconded Bro. H. Love that Bro. B. Baldock be nominated

It was proposed by Bro. L. Whiting and seconded Bro. B. Baldock that Bro. D. Ward be nominated.

This was voted on and the results were as follows Bro. D. Ward 5 votes, Bro. B. Baldock 1 vote & 1 non vote.

Br. D. Ward was therefore nominated and voted as official candidate for this position.

Any other business

The subject of collectors for drivers telephone attendants of sick was brought to the attention of the meeting  and given a full discussion it was unanimously agreed that the branch secretary be given full authority to hold a depot collection after a man had been off 6 weeks and another after 26 weeks with a figure of 25p per head collected. In the case of retirements this be made for all to subscribe to, at the booking office.

Attention was also brought to the meeting of incidents occurring where through extra non – diagrammed shunts having to be made were causing delayed starts to booked trains, and drivers were being questioned to any late starts of their trains through this matter be left open for further discussion if it continued.

There being no other business the chairman brought the meeting to a close at 13.00 Hrs.

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