Eurostar Announced December Strike

Eurostar Announced December Strike

Christmas is around the corner and people are expected to travel. However, a wave of strikes set to hit the UK's rail network is threatening to disrupt Christmas travel plans.

Security staff at international rail service Eurostar will strike for four days in the run-up to Christmas due to a pay dispute, a British union representing transport workers has stated.

Eurostar runs train passenger rail services linking London to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, as well as Alpine ski resorts.

Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) working for Eurostar will walk out on 16, 18, 22, and 23 December, the union said. Over 100 staff are expected to take part in the action.

Security staff performs essential duties that keep people safe while travelling internationally by rail and they are contracted out to a facilities management company called Mitie. 

A Eurostar spokesperson said discussions with Mitie, which employs the affected staff, were ongoing and that they would update passengers on any service impact.

Mitie has said its priority is to “ensure that exceptional services are delivered as normal so that passengers are able to continue their journeys with minimal disruption.” 

More Industrial Action

The Eurostar strikes come as a wave of strikes has hit the UK's railways over the last few months with workers demanding better pay and working conditions. 

There are more to come with RMT announcing further industrial action at Network Rail and 14 other train operators on 13 to 14 and 16 to 17 December as well as 3 to 4 and 6 to 7 January 2023.

Passengers with tickets affected by the strikes can generally use their tickets for travel on days either side of the strike days.

Alternatively, they can seek a refund.

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