Rail union calls for living wage’ for Eurostar cleaners

RAIL union bosses have called for Government intervention in a dispute between Eurostar cleaners and their private company employers. It follows a 48-hour strike demanding the London Living Wage’ and protesting over threatened redundancies

By Mike Brooke

RAIL union bosses have today called for Government intervention in a dispute between Eurostar cleaners and their private cleaning company employers.

It follows last week's 48-hour strike demanding the London 'Living Wage' and protesting over threatened redundancies.

The RMT union has today sent a letter to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis calling for an urgent meeting, pointing out that it is within the Government's power to step in as Eurostar is a publicly-owned company.

The union's General Secretary Bob Crow said: "Other public authorities have successfully intervened to guarantee their contractors pay a living wage. There's no reason why the Government can't do the same for Eurostar."


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The union accuses contract employers on the flagship Eurostar of "some of the worst employment conditions in the whole transport industry.

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