Our Ref: BR1/15/10

9th August 2021

Dear Colleague,


The Union has raised concerns with Churchill Services after receiving a copy of the company’s revised measures document which include a reorganisation and redundancy notice driven by the reduced service level within Eurostar. There are several issues regarding this document, in particular the company’s proposed pay cycles and proposed changes to existing working arrangements, as well as the issues raised during the TUPE transfer consultation not being concluded satisfactory.

Churchill Services have developed these detrimental changes with Eurostar, without any consultation or discussion with your union. This is yet again an example of you and your colleagues being treated with contempt by Eurostar and the cleaning supplier in charge of the contract.

I have informed Churchill Services that the RMT does not agree with the proposed changes, does not accept the redundancies they are seeking to implement and because of the company’s failure to maintain the current arrangements or address the Union’s concerns, we are in dispute.

Your union’s National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has instructed me to ballot you and your colleagues for Strike Action and Industrial Action short of a strike. We must now take a stand against these detrimental changes that are being proposed by the company.

Therefore, the ballot of you and your colleagues opens on Monday 16th August 2021 and will close on Thursday 2nd September 2021. The ballot will be for strike action and for action short of a strike in the form of a rest-day working ban and an overtime ban.

If you have not received a ballot paper by Tuesday 24th August 2021 then please contact the RMT Helpline by email at: info@rmt.org.uk, or by calling the Freephone Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or the RMT Switch board on 020 7387 4771 and ask for the industrial relations department, where a replacement ballot paper will be sent to your home address by first class post. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has not received their ballot paper, ask them to call one of the above numbers to update their details and to receive a replacement ballot paper.

It is imperative that we get a massive return in the ballot for industrial action, so we are not prevented from acting on our members' wishes by the ballot thresholds. Failure to meet these thresholds means industrial action cannot happen, so a high turnout is crucial.
I trust this keeps you fully advised, and I will write again following any further updates.

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary