All aboard for a 48 hour strike on the Heathrow Express

22 April 2014

If you're flying from Heathrow next week, be aware - members of the RMT are planning to walk out at 3am on April 29th for 48 hours. It's all down to a fight between the London Underground and the RMT over a so-called 'toxic' reorganisation of the workforce, (ie, replacing humans with MACHINES) which could threaten 953 jobs - 200 of which concern Heathrow Express staff.

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Heathrow Express are trying to resolve the dispute, but if RMT staff walk out, they reckon they have what it takes to deal with staff shortages and keep trains running. Trying to keep the panic out of his press release, Heathrow Express MD Keith Greenfield said:

'A strike is not the answer. It will increase costs when we are trying to reduce them, taking us further away from what we need to do to secure our business for the future. However... we have a robust contingency plan that will enable us to run regular trains for as long as any industrial action lasts.'

Meanwhile, the RMT have confirmed a five day tube strike, starting on April 28th until April 30th, then again between May 5th and May 8th.

So if you're Heathrow bound, you could take the risk that the trains are running. Or you might want to reconsider your plans, or bring a sturdy pair walking boots. Or a skateboard. Or a jetpack. Or just stay in bed until the middle of May - which would be easier.

TOPICS:   Travel   UK News

2 comments

  • jokester4
    "members of the RMT are planning to walk out at 3am on April 29th for 48 hours" "the RMT have confirmed a five day tube strike, starting on April 28th until April 30th, then again between May 5th and May 8th." Um.... when are the strikes then???? Anyway, this should really make things easier for the company - sack the people that strike (953 of them anyway) and save huge amounts on redundancy pay! WIN-WIN!
  • Anonymous
    This is misleading - the Heathrow Express strike is not 'all down to a fight between the London Underground and the RMT'. Heathrow Express staff are fighting separate issues which concern redundancies and passenger safety. Heathrow Express has nothing to do with the London Underground, they are separately run companies.

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