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Strike negotiations news: RMT voices concerns over strike-breaking

Concerns have been voiced over strike-breaking plans by Heathrow Express.

27 May 2011

Strike negotiations between the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) have failed to prevent a strike-breaking operation being put in place.

The body has warned that plans from Heathrow Express to combat the industrial action by allowing managers to drive trains and take on other "safety-critical roles" are unsafe.

It pointed to the "wholly inadequate training" given to those nominated to fill these roles as evidence for its assertion.

Commenting on the development, RMT general secretary Bob Crow claimed that a return to strike negotiations would make much more sense than "desperate" measures designed to keep a few trains running.

"The company knows it has tabled a completely unacceptable pay offer that is loaded with strings, yet despite a massive vote for action by our members it has made no attempt to negotiate or improve its position," he explained.

Earlier in the week, RMT demanded reassurances from London Midland in regard to compulsory redundancies and warned that there would be "no hesitation" in balloting for industrial action.

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