Eurostar operator cautiously optimistic about avoiding strike action

Talks
aimed at avoiding a strike by Eurostar maintenance
workers made "significant progress" on Thursday, according to the
cross-channel train operator.

Workers
belonging to the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union voted by 176 votes to
27 in favour of industrial action in a ballot on Wednesday. The maintenance
workers and engineers are in dispute with Eurostar
over pay, travel concessions and working arrangements.

RMT
general secretary Bob Crow said strike dates would be set on Friday if no
progress was made in the dispute. But Eurostar said
the talks had been "very constructive".

Following
Thursday’s talks the RMT is now set to consult its members and the executive
will meet on Friday to decide its next move.

By Daniel Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

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