RMT transport union members on the Heathrow Express struck solidly on Friday and Saturday of last week over pay.
“Pay negotiations have been on-going since before January,” said Brendan Kelly, an RMT regional organiser, on Friday.
“The company is trying to implement performance related pay with any offer, which would mean a proportion of drivers’ pay is not guaranteed.
“There are over 300 on strike today—it’s a very solid strike. Heathrow Connect has abandoned its service. Heathrow Express has cut 60 percent of its service—with managers driving trains.”
The RMT is concerned about the safety issues around managers strike breaking in this way. Brendan said, “A further strike is planned on
24 June and we may announce others.”
Cleaners in the RMT union on First Great Western who are employed on the Mitie contract have voted by 100 percent for strikes over pay.
With inflation running at over 5 percent, Mitie has offered its cleaners a pay increase of just 1.25 percent for last year and
1 percent at most from April this year. Mitie made £108 million profits last year.
The union has called strikes for the next two Saturdays. It is demanding to know why contractors treat cleaning staff with such contempt.
The RMT has said that it will ballot its members at London Midland for industrial action unless it receives assurances over compulsory redundancies and procedure issues.
The firm wants to cut the opening hours at 86 out of its 90 ticket offices. It also wants to close nine ticket offices. This will put 350 staff on the “at risk” list.