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UK Eurostar security staff to strike in run-up to Christmas

Eurostar strike in London pre-Christmas
16:55 01/12/2022

Around 100 security staff working for Eurostar in the UK are set to go on strike for four days during the busy pre-Christmas period, reports RTBF.

The action, which is likely to disrupt the service during the peak season, follows a demand for higher pay due to the current state of inflation in the country.

Members of UK rail union RMT, who are employed by subcontractor Mitie, will strike on 16, 18, 22 and 23 December. The majority of staff are in favour of striking according to a survey, said the union in a press statement.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “security staff are essential to the running of the Eurostar,” which travels between the UK, France, Netherlands and Belgium.

While recognising that a strike would "severely affect" passengers, he said  of staff, “it is disgraceful they are not being paid a decent wage. Mitie can easily afford to pay.”

The four strike days at Eurostar join an increasing number of strike actions across the British rail network.

Passengers should check the Eurostar site for up-to-date information.

Photo: ©Belga/Eurostar logo


Written by Louis Kernoa-Pascoe