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Eurostar workers strike back

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2173

Eurostar train cleaners at St Pancras International have decided to reactivate their strikes after their employer did not give them a decent offer.

The members of the RMT transport union called off their strikes earlier this month after the Carlisle company offered them talks.

The workers had already struck for 48-hours last month over pay, the victimisation of union rep Mohammed Yellow, job cuts and the imposition of a finger-printing machine to clock in.

But no agreement was reached in the talks.

“The pay offer was too low and Carlisle don’t seem to want to talk about the issues of respect in the workplace or the fact that we don’t get sick pay,” a cleaner told Socialist Worker.

“We have no choice but to go ahead with the strikes and stand up for people’s rights. We are asking members of other unions to support us.”

The workers were discussing the dates of the strikes as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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