As RMT members take strike action, leaders fear BAA and Heathrow Express are trying to “behead” the union


The RMT has accused Heathrow Express and BAA of plotting together to “behead” the union.

General secretary Bob Crow believes the victimisation of senior union official Liaqat Ali is just the start of an orchestrated campaign to smash the union.

His comments come as rock solid action by RMT members in support of Liaqat and a sacked driver member reduced HEX to a skeleton service today.

RMT said that the union busting operation is being driven by HR Director Joanna Smith who the union understands also works for BAA. RMT believes that the attack on Liaqat Ali is being organised right from the top of BAA as they seek to smash union organisation throughout the British airport industry.

Bob Crow said: “It’s crystal clear that the attack on Liaqat Ali and RMT at Heathrow Express is part of a wider campaign to smash strong union organisation in the airport industry and RMT will fight it all the way.

“The rock solid strike action by our members on HEX shows that RMT has the strength and determination to take on the BAA/ Heathrow Express bosses in the fight to defend solid trade union organisation.

“There is no doubt as far as RMT is concerned that the attack on our reps and members is a forerunner to an attack on wages and working conditions in the name of fattening up profits and forcing the workforce to bend the knee. RMT members are well aware of just what is at stake in this fight and have proved that resoundingly in this first 24 hour strike.”

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