Eurostar: disruption expected over the Christmas holidays – France

Around 100 security workers working for the UK’s cross-channel rail company Eurostar have demanded pay rises in line with rising UK inflation and have announced a four-day strike over the busy Christmas holiday.

Eurostar service “severely” disrupted

Members of the RMT sector union employed by service provider Mitie “will strike on December 16, 18, 22 and 23”, following a vote overwhelmingly in favor of strike action, the union said in a statement. This social movement will “severely disrupt” the Eurostar service in the run-up to Christmas, the RMT stresses.
“Eurostar security guards are vital to the operation” of these trains, which run between the UK, France, Holland and Belgium, and “it’s a shame they don’t receive a decent wage” that “Mitie can afford to pay,” said Mick Lynch, General Secretary of the RMT. “I am asking Mitie and Eurostar to reach a negotiated agreement with the RMT as soon as possible,” he continued.

“We will notify our customers as soon as possible”, says Eurostar

“We are aware of ongoing negotiations between Mitie and the unions. If there is an impact on service, we will notify our customers as soon as possible,” Eurostar commented in a written statement.
These four days of strike action will be added to other strikes on UK rail lines in a very tense social context with cost of living strikes across most sectors of the economy.

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