RMT members working for Heathrow Express will begin a 48-hour strike on Friday 28 May as they seek an improved pay offer from management.
Union leader Bob Crow has described the company’s current pay deal as “loaded with strings” In its current form it would effectively punish workers for being sick or missing work for other legitimate reasons. Although it offers a pay increase, this is contingent on workers meeting attendance criteria.
Demonstrating the union’s readiness to fight this battle seriously, the RMT has also named a further 24-hour strike on 24 June and plans more action in July.
The strike, voted for by 95% of workers on a turnout of over 80%, is the culmination of years of hard work by RMT reps and activist to build up industrial unionism at Heathrow Express, one of the only train operators in the country to have a majority of RMT membership (rather than ASLEF, the drivers-only craft union).