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X-ray staff see through bosses

Issue No. 1968

Unity on the Eurostar picket line last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Unity on the Eurostar picket line last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Security Guards working for Eurostar at the Waterloo international terminal struck along with their colleagues at Ashford International and the North Pole depot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of last week.

The action was part of their continuing campaign over pay and conditions.

The workers are employed by Chubb who are the contractors for the Eurostar work. Bosses have taken a hard line, importing scabs and showing no sign of looking for a decent deal.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the strikers’ RMT union said, “Instead of throwing huge sums of money away in a futile attempt to undermine our action, Chubb should be sitting round the table negotiating with us.”

“The company would do well to remember that our members voted unanimously to strike against low pay and that our membership has increased substantially since the dispute began.

“Recruiting scabs in Hungary, flying them into the country and rushing them through a four-day training course will only underline fears about Chubb’s attitude towards the security services they are supposed to be providing.

“And it will only harden our members’ resolve to win a just settlement to this dispute.”

One striker told Socialist Worker, “These strikes are an incredible experience which has brought us all together brilliantly. We all voted for strike. All of us!

“Many of us are young people who are not going to be pushed around and don’t see why we have to accept this low wage, heavy pressure job.

“We’ve been lifted by the Gate Gourmet workers. Whatever the result there, those people have been an inspiration.”

Chubb’s strike breaking tactics are undermining the security of passengers and staff. A letter to Eurostar from the department for transport’s Transec security body reveals that the use of poorly trained scabs resulted in an alarming fall in the efficiency of X-ray baggage checks during the August bank holiday strikes.

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Sat 17 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1968
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