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Eurostar staff to strike for seven days amid work-life balance dispute

10th Aug 16 10:05 am

Another day, another strike

Eurostar rail workers are set to strike in a seven-day industrial action following a row over work-life balance.

Unsocial hours and duty rosters for about 80 train managers was blamed for the decision for the walkout.

The RMT union said staff will walk out from 00:01 BST on 12 August until 23.59 BST on 15 August. It will also walk out for three days over the UK Bank Holiday weekend from 27 August.

A spokesman for Eurostar 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.”

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.”

The news comes as staff on Southern rail and Virgin East Coast Mainline are striking over pay and conditions row.

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