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Heathrow Express workers planning strike action

Car Hire Heathrow Airport are just making airport passengers aware of a possible strike on a major rail network linking to the airport.

Workers on the Heathrow Express service are planning a 48 hours strike on the 29th April according to the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT). The strike has come about over proposed plans to reorganise the workforce, which may threaten over 200 jobs. Bosses of Heathrow Express are hopeful of resolving the dispute before the planned strike goes ahead, but does have a plan in place if it did occur.

Keith Greenfield, managing director of Heathrow Express, 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.”

The reorganisation plans by Heathrow Express are to help try and save £6 million over the next five years, although this could put the jobs at risk.

Acting general secretary Mick Cash said “RMT has repeatedly made it clear the Heathrow Express proposals are completely unacceptable and under no circumstances will the union tolerate a situation where members are made to pay for the company’s cost-cutting agenda.”