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|Criticism for rail strike bosses
||Criticism for rail strike bosses
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|Rail bosses have been criticised for using managers to drive trains during a strike over pay and conditions.||Rail bosses have been criticised for using managers to drive trains during a strike over pay and conditions.|
The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said lives were being put at risk by using "inadequately-trained managers" to operate the trains.
Heathrow Express said a normal service was running and fully-qualified driver managers were driving trains "as part of their normal duties".
Up to 80 workers voted 12-1 to walk out on Thursday and Monday.
Heathrow Express, which runs the Paddington to Heathrow Airport service, said only a few of the 275 workforce had failed to report for duties.
Station staff and other staff, including a few drivers, are taking part in two 24-hour periods of industrial action.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow, said: "Our members are out solidly today and if the company keeps their head buried in the sand they will be out solidly on Monday.
|"Using inadequately-trained managers to run the trains will not solve this dispute but it will put lives at risk."||"Using inadequately-trained managers to run the trains will not solve this dispute but it will put lives at risk."|