Suspended union boss faces fresh allegations

A
rail union chief is facing the sack after being accused of watching hardcore
pornography on an office computer.

Mick
Blackburn, deputy general secretary of train drivers’ union Aslef, has been
forbidden by the union to comment on today’s disciplinary hearing, conducted by
the controlling executive committee at Aslef ‘s headquarters in London.

A
second charge against Blackburn relates to an alleged forged reference used by
a relative to obtain work at the union.

A
friend of Blackburn is quoted as saying: "Mick denies the accusations and
will rigorously defend himself."

If
disciplined or sacked, it is claimed Blackburn will launch an appeal.

Both
Blackburn and Shaun Brady, Aslef ‘s general secretary, are currently suspended
from duty following a brawl at a barbecue held in the garden of a union-owned
property in May.

By Mike Berry

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