EuroStar workers are set to take strike action across a seven day period this month. The seven days are planned to spread across both this weekend and the busy Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August.
The RMT union members will strike from Friday (12th August), and will resume back to work on Monday (15th August).
The strike set to take place over the bank holiday weekend at the end of the month will being on the 27th.
The members of the RMT Union suggest the reasons for the strikes include unsocial hours and work schedules. Around 80 train managers will also be involved with the walkout.
Discussing the strike, the RMT said: “RMT members voted massively in favour of strike action on the basis that Eurostar had failed to honour their commitments and the fact that work-life balance was being repeatedly undermined.”
Mick Cash, RMT’s general secretary said: “Our train manager members at Eurostar have a heavy commitment to shift work and unsocial hours 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.”
The EuroStar have proposed that they will attempt to keep all services running as usual during the striking action.
A spokesman for Eurostar said: “We are aware of the plans for strike action and our focus has been seeking a joint resolution whilst planning to provide a good service for our customers.
“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.”