Heathrow Express workers to strike

Workers on the express rail link between Heathrow Airport and central London are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over pay, it was announced today.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union employed by Heathrow Express will walk out from 9.15am on June 26 after a 48-hour stoppage last month.

The workers will also ban overtime and will work to rule for 24 hours from June 25 and again from June 27.

Heathrow Express services were disrupted by last month's strike, called by the RMT in protest at a below-inflation pay offer.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow 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.

"RMT is ready to negotiate seriously to put in place a fair pay package that will take us through the Olympics period and recognises the contribution our members make to delivering a highly successful and profitable service, and we need the company to show the same commitment."

The strike will end hours before a planned strike by RMT members on London Underground in a separate dispute over the sacking of a driver