IGNITING THE FLAME OF UNITY

THE HISTORY OF THE

 BRIGHTON BRANCH OF A.S.L.E.F.

 

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 BUCKTON'S BOYS

 

No. 1 BRANCH SECRETARIES

 

Freddie Goff 1970 - 1980,

(Footplate Seniority 22.05.1944)

 Alfie Smith 1981 - 1983 &

(Footplate Seniority, no date available)

Trevor Fielding 1983 - 1988

(Footplate Seniority 15.01.1951)


No. 2 BRANCH SECRETARIES

 

Ernie Jackson 1973,

(Footplate Seniority no date available)

Jimmy Southon 1974 - 1980 &

(Footplate Seniority 28.10.1946)

Alan Ricketts 1981 - 1988 

(Footplate Seniority 11.05.1970)

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL

OCTOBER 1971

BRIGHTON (2) BRANCH


Our November meeting was marked by the presence of our General Secretary Bro. Ray Buckton, and on behalf of the Branch and members of other local Branches who were present.I wish to thank Bro. Buckton for his up-to-date address, which covered all of the current negotiations, and for the able way in which he dealt with the lively debates which followed.

A most enjoyable evening for us all, and we hope that it will not be too long before this Branch has the pleasure of his company again.

P.H. Plaine

Branch Secretary

 

 

THE BRIGHTON ASLEF SOCIAL COMMITTEE c1975

 

The ASLEF Social Commitee was made up of A.S.L.E.F. members from both of the Brighton Branches

 

Back Row L~R: Ron French, Eddie Forder, Wilf Jeans & Reg Jarrett.

Front Row L~R: Jimmy Southon, Vic Clarke,Norman Light, Jimmy Edwards, George Pullen & Ted Rooke.

The Social club held two events each year, one being for the retired drivers dinner and dance. Whereby the committee members and their wives would organised the event that was held in the Drill Hall on Dyke Road Brighton.

The other event was the children Christmas party held at Moulsecoomb Hall. Every year Reg Jarrett would dress up as Father Christmas. For many children of that era, the children believed that Father Christmas come from Devon rather than the North Pole!!!

"Very confusing for us youngsters who attended this event during this period!!"

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 1974

BRIGHTON (2) BRANCH

DC4 Report


Sir, - In the latest District Council No.4 Report Secretary No.4 Bro. B. Noakes states in closing paragraph that “very little time was left so Branch Reports were not given.”

Having read all the previous minutes of No. 4 Council and been in touch with some of the delegates. I would suggest that this very often happens; the Chairman allowing various speakers, i.e. the Organiser, E.C. Member or Sectional Council Member, to monopolise the time with their reports - reports which have in many cases already been sent out to  Branches in Head Offic correspondence.

My advice to the delegates is to make sure you get your Branch reports in. Let the table know of the discontent which exist in the ranks, brought about by the lack of militancy when it comes to our claims for better conditions

P.H. Plaine

Brighton (2)

 

  LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL 1974

BRIGHTON (2) BRANCH


The  January and February meetings of Brighton (2) Branch have ben very interesting and quite well attended. At the January meeting the members voted in favour of affiliation to the local Trade Council and Labour Party.

In attendance at the second meeting in January were Bros. Andrews, Eames and Lifford of Sectional Council “B”, and a report was given on the withdrawal of Grant Aid to the Brighton - Portsmouth line and the London suburban area. The council Reps were in attendance at our first February meeting to report, and at the second meeting of February members had the pleasure of meeting and hearing our new organising secretary Bro. N. Milligan.

Following his address questions were put by members to Bro. Milligan and I am sure that he was left in no doubt as to the dissatisfaction which exists in the ranks on the question of wages and conditions.

A vote of thanks was given to the organiser, and Chairman Jackson expressed the hope that we would shortly be having the pleasure of Bro. Milligan’s attendance again. We wish to remind those who were not present that the pressure for better pay and conditions must come first from the Branch Rooms.

P.H. PLAINE

Branch Secretary

 

 

 

 

Freddie Goff

Brighton No.1 Branch Secretary 1970 - 1980

 

 THE 1982 FLEXIBLE ROSTERING STRIKE

WE STOOD ALONE

 

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 Above

The head-board which was conveyed on a special speed run, between London Victoria - Brighton on 16th July. This event was to mark the 50th anniversary of electrification of the Brighton main line. 

The train was driven by Brighton Driver Norman Light. 

 

THE SERPELL REPORT

 

 

 The slim down railway system according to "the Serpell" report of 1982/83

 

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Minutes of April 5th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

12 members present

Report then given on the up to date position of proposed new May roster. No men surplus to requirement, three lost running turns have been replaced by 1, night cover turn, 2, A.L. relief, 3, additional late spare. Questions asked and answered.

Sunday Working Party Agreement with the Section Council member present, Secretary explained our position in relation to the Sunday Working Party Agreement, and our concern regarding managements attitude regarding application to national agreement.

 

Minutes of April 12th  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

 present 7

Report given on meeting with management on 16th March 1984

1, H.A.S.A.W., 2 Shoe Paddles removed from cabs, 3, Mr. F.J. Gambling, 4, Earlswood oil sidings red lights. Also report on May roster, question asked and answered.

Bro. Noakes, Sectional Council, member gave a report on these meetings with management on the Sunday Working Party, informing us that Sunday percentage was not a guideline, but what we were entitled to, this was good news indeed.

Minutes of May 3rd  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

10 members present

Secretary opened the meeting at 8.0 p.m., minutes of the 5th  & 12th April were read.

Report given on meeting on items, H.A.S.A.W. i.e. Length of time spent trying to contact the signalman on telephones, Train Equipment i.e. removal of shoe paddles, Driver F.J. Gambling position allocated Link.

Report given on the Sunday Working Party Agreement meeting at Beckenham.

 

Minutes of May 10th  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

7 members present

Report given on meeting with management of the 2.5.84. 1, H.A.S.A.W., Communications 3 Bridges area, 2, Medical examination at Euston, 3, Shoe Paddles, 4, Ballast Trains, 5, Route learning Selhurst yard.

Questions asked and answered on these items, quite a long debate on item of shoe paddles.

Other business

Bro. Hards asked why some depots outside Brighton area worked rest Days doing duties at Victoria and other depots further a field and yet Brighton only very occasionally does, was it because of the list clerk we have or due to our Area Manager trying to save on his budget. Could the L.D.C. look into this matter.

 THE NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS STRIKE

1984~85

The A.S.L.E.F. Branches at Brighton Nos. 1 & 2 and Bognor, soon followed the lead that was set by the Three Bridges Branch, in particularly by Derek Abrahams and Roy Luxford. They sent regular donation of funds and material support, and the fact that there was also regular delegations from these Branches to show their support to the various mining communities in the midlands.

 

 

 

 

Minutes of April 5th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

12 members present

 

Report then given on the up to date position of proposed new May roster. No men surplus to requirement, three lost running turns have been replaced by 1, night cover turn, 2, A.L. relief, 3, additional late spare. Questions asked and answered.

Sunday Working Party Agreement with the Section Council member present, Secretary explained our position in relation to the Sunday Working Party Agreement, and our concern regarding managements attitude regarding application to national agreement.

Minutes of April 12th  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting 

7 Members present

Report given on meeting with management on 16th March 1984

1, H.A.S.A.W., 2 Shoe Paddles removed from cabs, 3, Mr. F.J. Gambling, 4, Earlswood oil sidings red lights. Also report on May roster, question asked and answered.

Bro. Noakes, Sectional Council, member gave a report on these meetings with management on the Sunday Working Party, informing us that Sunday percentage was not a guideline, but what we were entitled to, this was good news indeed.

Minutes of May 3rd  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

10 members present

Secretary opened the meeting at 8.0 p.m., minutes of the 5th  & 12th April were read.

Report given on meeting on items, H.A.S.A.W. i.e. Length of time spent trying to contact the signalman on telephones, Train Equipment i.e. removal of shoe paddles, Driver F.J. Gambling position allocated Link.

Report given on the Sunday Working Party Agreement meeting at Beckenham.

Minutes of May 10th  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

7 members present

Minutes of 3rd May were read.

Report given on meeting with management of the 2.5.84. 1, H.A.S.A.W., Communications 3 Bridges area, 

2, Medical examination at Euston, 3, Shoe Paddles, 4, Ballast Trains, 5, Route learning Selhurst yard.

Questions asked and answered on these items, quite a long debate on item of shoe paddles.

Other business

Bro. Hards asked why some depots outside Brighton area worked rest Days doing duties at Victoria and other depots further a field and yet Brighton only very occasionally does, was it because of the list clerk we have or due to our Area Manager trying to save on his budget. Could the L.D.C. look into this matter 

 Minutes of July 12th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

7 members present

L.D.C. Secretary Plaine opened the meeting at 7.50 with the reading of the last minutes and gave a report on the matters contained therein.

Report given on meeting of 3rd July, i.e. Route Learning Reversible Road & Preston Park – Brighton sluing of Roads.

Kent Coast refurbishing, i.e. Driver’s cabs being reduced in space, L.D.C. to investigate.

 

Minutes of September 6th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

7 members present

Report given on meeting with Management of 15.8.84.

Reversible Lines, Cancelled Service in Seaford work, Rest Day & Cross Covering, Foliage, Walkways on cess, Brighton Line Re-Signalling Scheme, Staff accommodation Hove P.N.

Other Business

Oliver Toms at Brighton, call for them to be removed. Brighton staff toilets, Staff Side to seek the installing of hot air hand dryer, & lino in the mess room re-trimming.

Minutes of September 9th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

21 members present

A long discussion took place on the rolling roster, most members said they wanted the roster to work straight down, after some time it was proposed by P. Bradford & seconded V. Clarke “That a special meeting be called on the working the roster straight down or as it is now rolling. The meeting to be called Thursday 20.9.84.” In favour 19 & against 1

 

 

 Maurice "Cocker" Taylor (c1984)

Maurice is seen chatting to the Mayor and Mayoress of Brighton.

 

 Minutes of October 4th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

8 members present

Secretary read minutes of 6.9.84., question on minutes asked and answered. Minutes of 13.9.84 were read question re Special Meeting to discuss Variable Roster asked and answered.

Report given of agenda before Management

1 H. & S.A.W. water proof foot wear for shunt men, hand (blower) dryer for toilet

2 Rest Day working i.e. Restricted men

3 Variable diagrams i.e. booking of spare men on overtime

4 Sunday working Party Agreements, i.e. covering of Brighton work which is in excess of our XXX allocation

Other business

Hove Room i.e. leaky room, telephone, auto door close, order and disposal of rice paper alterations, also late publications of known work commitment.

Minutes of October 11th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

11 members present

Minutes of the 4.10.84., were read

A long discussion on the roster took place, and after some time it was said that the L.D.C. will look to see that the Long Weekends as they work the rolling roster.

Minutes of November 1st  1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

11 members present

Secretary read minutes of 4th & 11th October, questions on these minutes were asked and answered.

Report then given on the agenda of meeting held on Friday 25th October

1 H & S.A.W.

2 Rest Day Agreement i.e .Restricted Men

3 Variable diagrams i.e. spare men and overtime

4 Sunday working Party Agreement i.e. covering of work which is in excess of our XXX allocation

A lively discussion took place items.

Secretary then reported on now before Management

Bank Holiday workings, Sunday diagrams, Dirty Cabs, Sunday working Agreement memo, route Learning Reversible roads Keymer – Preston Park station, Brighton Line Re-signalling 

 

 

Minutes of December 6th 1984

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

9 members present

Question asked when would roster be altered to accommodate all men for week-ends, present position explained.

Minutes of February 7th 1985

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

13 members present

Secretary read minutes of previous meetings.

Report given on Brighton Re-signalling and the L.D.C. thoughts on the agreement for the service when running via Hove. Also the conducting agreement. Allocated men and the L.D.C. covering this, Rest Day working covering the via Hove. Double manning also the conductors. Will be seeking 100% Rest Days working for April & May. Questions asked and answered.

Via Lewes shunt allowance and procedures discussed. Position explained regarding the understanding between the L.D.C. and Area Train Crew Manager.

 

Minutes of March 14th 1985

Brighton No.2 Branch Meeting

9 members present

Report given on meeting with management of the 11th February 1985, subject matter:- Brighton line Re-signalling Scheme.

Considerable discussion took place on this including a question from the floor asking why was the L.D.C. to be included in the "Conducting Panel." The reason for this was soon explained by the L.D.C. Secretary.

 

The 1985  A.S.L.E.F. National School, at Head Office 

 

 

BRIGHTON No. 2 BRANCH

Minutes of June 6th1985 Branch Meeting

 

Bright Line Re-signalling Scheme:- Stage Work

Management Chairman on opening this meeting said congratulations were in order to the L.D.C. and their constituents for there full co-operation during stage work at Brighton Area.

  

BRIGHTON No. 2 BRANCH

Minutes of August 8th 1985 Branch Meeting

Held at Staff Club Belmont, meeting opened at 19:00 Hrs.

Members present: P. Plaine, D. Knight, F. Locke, E. Janes, B. Hall, R. Lawrence, R. Thomas, A. Flowers,

 & D. Hill. (9).

Correspondence

Receipts  re R. Terrill letter from A.M.O. re pension Fund, re order 42 extra diaries. Letters from re M. Styles accident, re J. Wildman accident and letter re accident .

G. Aggett transferred ex Maidstone, letter from V. Harris (thanks).

Ten year badge presented by Chairman to Bro. A. Flowers

 

BRIGHTON No. 2 BRANCH

Minutes of September 5th 1985 Branch Meeting

Held at Staff Club Belmont, meeting opened at 19:00 Hrs.

Members present: A. Ricketts, D. Knight, R. Matthews, A. Flowers,  D. Hill, P. Plaine, & J. Parks (7).

Tribute to late Bro. B. House.

Chairman paid tribute to late Bro. B. House, said that he had been a loyal member of branch in all respect, asked members present to observe one minute silence in Bro. House memory. This was done, secretary was instructed to send obituary to journal.

Correspondence

Letter re accidents E.C. Fordham and R. Mattews, receipt of communication re anoraks. Letter from General Secretary  thanking Political Fund ballot co-ordinators.

Pro. J. Parks & Sec. D. Hill, “ a vote of thanks to Branch Secretary A. Ricketts (co-ordinator) and other branch members concerned for the efficient running of political fund ballot. All in favour.

Bro. R. Matthews, said he wished to thank Bro A. Ricketts (Branch Sec) and Bro. D. Knight (Ass-Sec), for help and assistance in his accident claim.

 

Dave Knight

Brighton No. 2 Assistant Branch Secretary

 BRIGHTON No. 2 BRANCH

Minutes of October 3rd 1985 Branch Meeting

Held at Staff Club Belmont, meeting opened at 19:00 Hrs.

Members present: D. Knight, E. Janes, B. Pegg, R. Thomas, S. Fortune, J. Cameron, P. Plaine, J. Parks,

A. Flowers, D. Hill & R. Lawrence (11).

Correspondence.

Letters from F. Gething accident, from H.O. re anorak issue.

Nomination of Branch Officers for 1986

Pro A. Flowers & sec E. Janes. “That all 1985 branch officers be nominated for 1986, with the exception of J. Parks (Committee) who does not wish to stand, S. Fortune be nominated vice J. Parks”. All in favour.

Nominations of L.D.C. for 1986

Pro. A. Flowers & sec. E. Janes.

Brighton LDC – P. Plaine & F. Locke nominated.

West Worthing – R. Thomas nominated.

Co-opted members to be nominated and elected at first meeting after LDC results. All in favour.

Pro. E. Janes & Sec. D. Knight. “That, Brighton LDC secretary compile file on Sunday Working Party Arrangements, as it affects Brighton EMUT, and send to E.C. for their examination”. Voting For (4), Against (4) Abstain (3).

BRIGHTON No. 2 BRANCH

Minutes of October 10th 1985 Branch Meeting.

Held at Staff Club Belmont, meeting opened at 19:00 Hrs.

Members present: G. Hatcher, P. Plaine, F. Locke, A. Ricketts,  L. Osman, A. Light & A. Edwards. (7).

Nominations for 1986 Branch Officers, All in favour.

Nominations for 1986 LDC officers, all in favour.

Sunday Working Party Arrangements, all in favour of proposal (6), motion carried.

Co-opted L.D.C. Members for 1986

1 D. Knight

2 E. Janes.

3 P. Edwards. 

 

 

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