Heathrow Express to continue service despite Bank Holiday strike

Heathrow Express will continue to run over the Bank Holiday weekend, despite the fact members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) are threatening to strike again.

According to buyingbusinesstravel.com, the strikes will take place between 3:00am on Friday May 23 and 2:59am on Saturday May 24. Another 24-hour strike will occur between 3:00am on Monday May 26 and 2:59am on Tuesday May 27. These strikes could potentially disrupt the service, which runs between Paddington Station and Heathrow Airport.

RMT workers are in an ongoing dispute with Heathrow over job cuts and a pay freeze. Managing director of Heathrow Express, Keith Greenfield, says the union is refusing to acknowledge the fact that the airport needs to save £6 million over the next five years.

“The RMT executive burying its head in the sand does not alter the fact that we need to implement changes to secure our future,” he explains. “We would of course prefer to do this with agreement of the trade unions to ensure the best outcome for everyone, including RMT members.”

RMT’s last strike on Heathrow Express, which took place at the end of April, didn’t quite go to plan for the union. Using just a third of its workforce, Heathrow Express managed to run trains every 30 minutes. Moreover, some 50,000 passengers used the service during the strikes, which is almost 50 per cent more than usual, reports standard.co.uk.