Strikes by Eurostar security staff have been called off to let union members vote on a fresh pay offer.
Employees of Mitie who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union were scheduled to strike on Friday and Sunday over pay.
Further strikes are scheduled for the following week if negotiations do not result in an agreement.
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If the walkouts continue, Mitie said it has backup preparations in place.
An RMT spokesman said: “The union suspended scheduled strikes this week to allow Mitie security members to take part in a referendum on the latest company offer which will be concluded on 19 December.
“Strikes for December 22 and 23 next week remain on at the present time.”
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More than 100 security staff at Eurostar’s London St Pancras terminal were due to walk out.
All are employed by the contractor Mitie, and Eurostar says none of its own staff were involved in the dispute.
Workers in many UK sectors are striking in the run-up to Christmas as they contest for higher wages.
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Pay levels are not keeping up with the rising cost of living and workers from a host of sectors are downing tools, including paramedics, nurses, rail workers, baggage handlers and postal workers.
Employers such as rail companies and the Royal Mail claim that they have been impacted by the pandemic and need to modernise services.
Source: BBC News
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