18 May 2020
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT is to ballot members on Heathrow Express for industrial action after workers who are currently furloughed due to the Covid-19 crisis were threatened with unemployment.
The threat to slash more than a hundred jobs within the Mobile Sales Advisor (MSA) and Customer Concierge roles comes alongside the company’s proposed reorganisation of the grades.
Heathrow Express management have indicated that they plan ‘a loss of 123 posts within these job roles to reduce costs throughout the business in order to keep it viable and to reduce the need to make any compulsory redundancies.’
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is appalled that under the cover of the Covid-19 crisis, which has seen Heathrow Express workers furloughed, management have chosen to put a gun to our members heads demanding they accept a total reorganisation, including moving half the workforce onto part-time contracts, or face unemployment.
“The union is demanding the immediate withdrawal of both reorganisation and redundancy proposals to allow collective bargaining to take place without the threat of unemployment.
“We are now in dispute with Heathrow Express and will be balloting our members for industrial action.”