26 March 2014
To All Heathrow Express Members
25th March 2014
RE-ORGANISATION & REDUNDANCIES - HEATHROW EXPRESS
Further to the union's letter dated 7th March 2014 in relation to the above matter. You will recall that Heathrow Express had written to RMT informing the union of their desire to re-organise their workforce. As part of this re-organisation, their proposals include axing 201 jobs, freezing staff pay in 2014, removing the Customer Service Representative Grade and creating a new Grade in its place on inferior pay, extending Driver Only Operation across the network and extending self-despatch of trains at all locations except for Paddington. As you will be aware, the union's executive committee has rejected these proposals and as a result I have been instructed to conduct a ballot of all HEX members for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.
In line with the executive committee's decision, ballot papers will be despatched to your home addresses on Tuesday 1st April 2014 and the ballot will close on Tuesday 15th April 2014. I have informed Heathrow Express that RMT remains available for talks and I hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute. You, your colleagues and the union have worked hard over many years to get to where we are today in terms of pay, leave entitlement, reduced working week etc. and these terms and conditions will be whittled away if the company is allowed force through these changes. I therefore urge you to vote 'YES' for strike action and 'YES' for industrial action short of a strike.
If you do not receive a ballot paper or are aware of a colleague that does not receive a ballot paper then please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 by midday on 11th April 2014.
I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.
Senior Assistant General Secretary
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