EUROSTAR says services will be unaffected by this weekend’s strike by security guards after replacement staff were drafted in.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union working for Chubb and based at Waterloo went on strike today and plan to walk out each day during this weekend because of a dispute over pay.

It is the second strike in recent weeks, the first coinciding with the August bank holiday but, as then, Chubb has brought in teams of trained security guards to cover for those not in work.

Eurostar communications director Paul Charles said: “The RMT took industrial action over the August bank holiday, one of the busiest weekends of the year, and these strikes had no impact.

“We are confident that the proposed strikes from September 9-11 will not affect our travellers. It is for Chubb and the RMT to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Chubb have offered a one-off payment of £200 for full-time staff, following a 3% pay increase in April 2005.”

The RMT has announced there will be six separate two-hour strikes at Waterloo and Ashford International Terminals and three four-hour strikes at its depot, in West London, from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11.