Eurostar workers will strike for seven days later this month in a dispute over their work-life balance.

Staff will walk out from 00:01 BST on 12 August until 23.59 BST on 15 August, and for a further three days over the Bank Holiday weekend on 27 to 30 August.

In a statement, the rail union RMT said the dispute centres of Eurostar’s failure to honour a 2008 agreement which aimed to provide a good work-life balance for train managers, with limits on unsociable hours and duty rosters.

dispute centres on Eurostar’s failure to honour an agreement from 2008 which sought to ensure that train managers could expect a good work-life balance in terms of unsocial hours and duty rosters. RMT members voted massively in favour of strike action on the basis that Eurostar had failed to honour their commitments and the fact that work-life balance was being repeatedly undermined.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:

“Our train manager members at Eurostar have a heavy commitment to shift work and unsocial hours and are sick and tired of the company’s failure to honour agreements. Our members have every right to have a fair work/life balance that fulfils the operational needs of the company while guaranteeing quality time off for friends and family.”

The announcement of industrial action follows similar strikes announced by staff at Southern railways and Virgin Trains East Coast.

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