Christmas travel: All Eurostar strike action called off thanks to improved pay offer

A high-speed Eurostar train speeds on the LGV Nord rail track outside Rully near Paris, France.
A high-speed Eurostar train speeds on the LGV Nord rail track outside Rully near Paris, France.   -   Copyright  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
By Rosie Frost  & Ruth Wright  with Reuters

Eurostar passengers can breathe a sigh of relief as Christmas journeys can go ahead as planned.

Security staff at international rail service Eurostar were due to strike in the run up to Christmas over a pay dispute.

Eurostar runs train passenger rail services linking London to Paris and other European capitals.

However, successful negotiations between Eurostar bosses and members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have put a stop to the strikes.

Why has Eurostar strike action been called off?

RMT says that Eurostar "made an improved pay offer of over 10 per cent and an uplift of nearly 30 per cent for the lowest paid."

They also said that workers on "permanent shift patterns and employees who work flexibly will be offered choices which suit their individual requirements."

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

REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Passengers queue to check in for the Eurostar international rail service at St Pancras station in London.REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch congratulated members on securing the improved conditions.

“These workers have fought hard for an improvement in the offer and succeeded,” he says.

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

A full list of strikes across Europe is available here.