RMT prepares ballot after contract workers take hit while employer takes profits

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Contract workers at Heathrow Express are to be balloted for industrial action over pay.

The RMT is preparing to ballot cleaning, facilities and asset management and mechanical engineering staff after the company offered them a 1.75% increase and nothing for Olympics working – an offer at odds with a deal secured by the union for directly employed Heathrow Express staff.

The union has also highlighted issues of poor and unfair treatment of staff and undermining of terms and conditions that have been TUPE’d across in the past.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Here we have yet another group of contracted workers in the rail industry who are being told to take a hit on their pay and working conditions while the companies who employ them look to widen their profit margins. RMT members have rightly said that they will not put up with this blatant unfairness and have asked us to organise a ballot for action.

“The scandal of exploitation and profiteering on Britain’s railways is once again blown open in this dispute and RMT will be organising and campaigning for a massive YES vote in the ballot.”

The staff are employed by contractors Amey Rail, BAA, who own Heathrow Express and Amey, are all part of Ferrovial.

 


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