Workers on the Heathrow Express rail service will strike today in a row over spending cuts. Members of the rail, maritime and transport union will strike for twenty-four hours from midday today. They warn that six million pounds of cuts will hit jobs, pay and conditions.
The company said it will run a service between Heathrow Airport and London despite the strike and warned that industrial action made job losses more likely.
Our high-speed link to Heathrow will once more run at its usual frequency - every 15 minutes - despite only a third of our workforce being available. We are carrying on almost as normal. We recommend our customers do likewise. Since February we have been crystal clear: our proposals enable us to save £60m over the next five years without any job losses - provided costs are not driven up by repeated strikes. Despite this clear advice, the RMT has refused to engage with us in any meaningful way even though we would willingly consider making changes to our plans if they did."
The RMT union has confirmed strike action on the Heathrow Express over proposed cuts to services. Members have been told not to work between 03.00 hours on Tuesday 29th April until 02.59 hours on Thursday 1st May.
The Union fears jobs are under threat under plans to save £6 million over the next five years.
Staff on the Heathrow Express rail service are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over jobs, pay and spending cuts.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action, including strikes.
The union says around 200 jobs are under threat because of cuts resulting from the Airport's budget reduction.
Acting general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT does not buy for a moment the case for handing out savage cuts to Heathrow Express when Heathrow is generating hand-outs to shareholders of over £600 million.
"The Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services are dealing with growing demand as the airport expands and the idea that safety and service is going to be sacrificed at the stroke of an accountant's pen would shame London and leave these high-profile services extremely vulnerable.
"RMT will mount a massive publicity and political campaign, backed up by industrial action, to stop these outrageous and dangerous cuts dead in their tracks."