Monday, 28 September 2009 12:00 AM
Staff at Eurostar are planning a series of strikes following a decision by management to implements a fingerprinting system to monitor staff attendance.
Cleaners at St Pancras International in London will stage six 24-hour strikes between October 2nd and November 1st, according to the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT).
Eurostar has confirmed services from the station will not be affected.
In defence of the action the RMT's general secretary, Bob Crow, said: "The treatment of cleaners on the Eurostar, our flagship European rail service, is nothing short of a national disgrace.
"We have demanded that the government, as the effective owners of Eurostar, step in to stop this scandalous exploitation of cleaners at St Pancras International who are fighting for nothing more than the London Living Wage, dignity and respect at work and the right to organise an effective trade union."
Cleaners will strike on October 2nd, 4th, 16th, 18th and 30th and again on November 1st.