STAFF AT Eurostar have voted by 242 to 25 to accept a deal that sets a pay rate for customer service jobs at Waterloo and a similar rate for office staff, as well as addressing staff travel.
While the deal was widely accepted, there was an underlying feeling that more could have been achieved, especially with Eurostar’s tenth anniversary looming.
Some staff at Waterloo are only £400 better off once annual pay increases are taken into account. And staff travel will remain a burning issue that will not go away.
Activists will have to keep these issues on the boil in the coming months. Solidarity across the company must be maintained in the face of pressures to dilute disputes down to their relevant sections.
Eurostar’s management had initially refused to negotiate, regarding office and customer service staff as a weak group of workers.
But customer service staff struck, and then engineers voted overwhelmingly to join the dispute. It was this solidarity and willingness to fight that brought Eurostar’s management back to the negotiating table.
THE RMT rail union has won a court case overturning an injunction obtained by freight operator EWS.
The company had claimed a slight change of the firm’s name made a strike ballot invalid. This was defeated last week. The pay fight continues.