Eurostar workers to strike in December

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Members of the RMT union will walk out from Eurostar on 16, 18, 22 and 23 December in a dispute over pay. The union has said the strike will affect travellers close to Christmas.

Some of the workers reportedly earn £10.66 an hour and have rejected a below inflation pay offer.

The union workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action and more than 100 staff are expected to take part.

General secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, said: “Eurostar security staff are essential to to the running of the Eurostar, and it is disgraceful they are not being paid a decent wage.

“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.”

Lynch called on Mitie and Eurostar to come to a settlement with the RMT union as soon as possible.

He added: “They (the workers) work long, unsocial hours and a multimillion pound company like Mitie can easily afford to pay them decently for the essential work they do.”

The strikes will likely affect the Christmas plans of British tourists coming so close to the holiday.

The UK’s railways are also facing disruption this December with more strike action planned for the coming weeks.

The RMT has confirmed strike action on Network Rail and workers will strike on December 13-14, December 16-17, January 3-4 and January 6-7.

London commuters are also likely to face December chaos with strike action due to impact seven bus routes.

Drivers in the Unite union at two companies, Abellio and Metroline, will strike from December 1 to December 3.

Transport for London said customers in north, west and south London should check before they travel and leave more time for journeys.

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