Eurostar staff to strike in run up to Christmas

By Lisa James
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Eurostar security staff are to strike for four days just before Christmas.

The staff, who are members of the RMT union, have said they’ll walk out on 16, 18, 22 and 23 of December in a dispute over pay.

The RMT is warning the action will ‘severely affect Eurostar services and travel plans’.

More than 100 staff, employed by facilities management company Mitie, are expected to take part in the industrial action.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We do not want to disrupt people’s travel plans, but our members need a pay rise, and this is the only way management will listen.

“I urge Mitie and Eurostar to come to a negotiated settlement with RMT as soon as possible.”

A Eurostar spokesperson said: “We are aware that negotiations between Mitie and the unions are ongoing. If there is any impact on services we will update customers as soon as possible.”

The industrial action is separate to the pre- and post-Christmas strikes already announced by RMT members working for Network Rail and the 14 train operating companies.

Eurostar has said it is assessing the impact on its timetable for those dates, which have been set for 13-14 and 16-17 December, then 3-4 and 6-7 January 2023, although it expects to run most of its trains.

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