By Max Clarke

RMT, the transport union behind the forthcoming Tube Strikes, has called another 24-hour strike for its members operating the Heathrow Express line.

The strike, scheduled to begin on the morning of Sunday, 26th June, has arisen as a “response to a company pay offer that falls well short of current RPI inflation and which is loaded with strings,” explained the union’s chief, Bob Crow.

The line recently held a 48 hour strike, timed to coincide with the Champions’ League Final weekend, for the same, unsettled dispute relating to pay.

The strike is the latest in a long line of calls for industrial action by; London Underground drivers; teachers’ unions; and the PCS public sector union, prompting coverage in the media of a looming ‘summer of discontent’: an allusion to the ‘winter of discontent’ where widespread industrial action gripped the nation in the wake of the nation’s bankruptcy in 1976.


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