Aslef sacks deputy leader over fracas

The
deputy leader of the train drivers’ union Aslef has been sacked, according to
BBC reports

Assistant
general secretary Mick Blackburn was dismissed for forging a reference for his
son using headed notepaper. The union’s leader Shaun Brady was dismissed last
Friday. 

Other
internal matters concerning a fight with another union official at a barbecue
are yet to be dealt with.

Sources
close to Blackburn said he took responsibility for what he had done, but did
not believe it was a sacking offence, the BBC reported.

The
BBC said he was likely appeal against the decision within the next six weeks.

It
is understood that three other members of staff may also be dismissed over the
forging offence, but Blackburn wanted to take the full responsibility.

Charges
of downloading a pornographic film were withdrawn through lack of evidence at
the hearing before the union’s executive yesterday.

By Mike Berry

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