Eurostar staff to protest one-manager system on trains

Eurostar staff have voted unanimously to take industrial action, short of a strike, on all passenger trains in a row over the introduction of lone working for train managers, rail unions said on Friday.

Eurostar staff to protest one-manager system on trains

Eurostar staff have voted unanimously to take industrial action, short of a strike, on all passenger trains in a row over the introduction of lone working for train managers, rail unions said on Friday.

The RMT union said it had instructed its manager membership not to operate any passenger train that is not staffed with two manager-grade staff because of safety fears.

It said action would begin at 23:01 GMT on May 10 and continue until the company had dropped its new policy plans.

In addition, the union said managers will refuse to collect passenger fares on board services for the whole day of May 10.

RMT chiefs said they had informed the company they remained available for talks.

Eurostar, owned by French state rail operator SNCF, Belgium's SNCB and the British government-owned LCR, was not immediately available for comment.

The company drew widespread criticism in December when some 2,500 people were trapped for up to 16 hours after five trains broke down on entering the Channel tunnel.

Services were disrupted for several days before Christmas, badly denting Eurostar's image and finances.


Reuters

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