Eurostar staff to strike

10 August 2016
Eurostar staff to strike

Eurostar staff are going to strike for seven days, according to the RMT union. Of course, this is going to affect a number of people who are travelling to France for their holidays this summer.

Staff are downing tools from 00:01 BST on 12 August until 23.59 BST on 15 August.

There's going to be further industrial action for three days over the Bank Holiday weekend from 27 August.

The union says the dispute is over unsocial hours and duty rosters for about 80 train managers.

If you've already made reservations to travel, there's some good news.

A Eurostar spokesperson said: "On the days of the strike we have made some small changes to our timetable to ensure that all passengers booked to travel will be able to on those days. Passengers affected will be notified in advance."

This strike is over working conditions.

RMT says Eurostar has failed to honour an agreement from 2008, and it seems like the whole thing is very well organised between the two, to make sure people going on their travels can still go.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Our train manager members at Eurostar have a heavy commitment to shift work and unsocial hours and are sick and tired of the company's failure to honour agreements."

"Our members have every right to have a fair work-life balance that fulfils the operational needs of the company while guaranteeing quality time off for friends and family."

"It's now time for Eurostar to come to the negotiating table with a set of proposals that honours our agreements and guarantees our members a genuine work-life balance."

TOPICS:   Travel

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