Heathrow Express workers to strike

21 June 2011 10:22

A 24-hour strike by workers on Heathrow Express on June 26 could disrupt the plans of holidaymakers

A 24-hour strike by workers on Heathrow Express on June 26 could disrupt the plans of holidaymakers

A 24-hour strike by workers on the express rail link between Heathrow Airport and central London on June 26 could disrupt the plans of holidaymakers, highlighting the importance of taking out a comprehensive travel insurance.

The strike by members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union employed by Heathrow Express, in protest against a company pay offer that falls short of current RPI inflation, will begin at 9.15am.

In addition, members will refuse to work any overtime for 24 hours from June 25 and again from June 27.

The action follows the RMT's 48-hour strike in May that caused massive disruptions to Heathrow Express services.

Bob Crow, general secretary of RMT, said: "Instead of sticking their heads in the sand and publicly welcoming this dispute in a display of macho bravado, it would make far more sense for Heathrow Express to sit down with us and work out a pay deal that fully rewards our members for their hard work which has generated company profits of over £6 million on a turnover of £60 million.

"The company knows it has tabled a completely unacceptable pay offer that is loaded with strings, yet despite a massive vote for action by our members and 48 hours of rock solid action it has made no attempt to negotiate or improve its position."

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