Workers on the Heathrow Express (HEX), which provides fast services between central London and Heathrow Airport, began a strike ballot on 19 January.
The ballot is part of a campaign to win the reinstatement of an unfairly-dismissed colleague and to force bosses to cease a campaign of victimisation and harassment of a leading union activist.
Zahid Majid has been sacked by HEX bosses after a minor error, for which he has already taken full responsibility. Trade union rep Liaqat Ali has been subjected to what his union, the RMT, describes as “a barrage of unfounded, spurious and discriminatory allegations.”
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “The unfair and disproportionate punishment taken by management in both these cases is a total miscarriage of justice. This is not a situation that can go unchallenged by RMT. Management’s behaviour clearly demonstrates their willingness to victimise staff at the slightest provocation and no doubt they see this as payback for the successful building of a strong and militant union organisation within the company.”
Workers will also ballot for action short of a strike.