Eurostar Staff to Strike for Seven Days

If you were looking into a last minute holiday, you might want to hold off as Eurostar staff will be striking for seven days this month over their work-life balance.

Workers will be walking out 00:01 BST on August 12 until 23.59 BST on August 15, and for three days over the UK Bank Holiday weekend starting August 27.

According to the RMT union, the dispute is over unsocial hours and duty rosters for 80 train managers.

For those of you who have already made reservations during this time, there is no need to worry, as Eurostar have said those with reservations will still be able to travel.

A 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.”

The first planned walkout for Eurostar staff is timed with Assumption Day bank holiday in France and Belgium on August 15.

The RMT has said that Eurostar have failed to reach an agreement they made back in 2008.

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.”

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Eurostar Staff to Strike for Seven Days
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Eurostar staff are set to strike for seven days over an hours dispute.