RMT cleaners to vote on strike action over pay on Eurostar service

More than 100 cleaners working for support services firm OCS on its Eurostar contract are to be balloted on industrial action in a row over pay.

Members of the RMT union are to be asked to vote to strike and for action short of a walkout to back their campaign for a minimum pay rate that matches London mayor Ken Livingstone’s recommendation of a living wage of at least £7.05 an hour.

“OCS is paying cleaners as little as £5.50 an hour, even for nights, Sundays and bank-holiday work, and that is simply not good enough,” said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

“If OCS [managers] want to avoid industrial action it is up to them to come back to the talks table and negotiate decent pay rates,” Crow said.

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