Mayhem for commuters
A four-day strike by Eurostar rail workers, that began today, has led to travel disruption for travellers.
Workers are in a dispute over work life balance and a picket line has been mounted outside St Pancras railway station in London.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are walking out until Monday. This will be followed by three days over the Bank Holiday weekend from August 27.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our train manager members at Eurostar have a heavy commitment to shift work and unsocial hours and are sick and tired of the company’s failure to honour agreements.
“Our members have every right to have a fair work/life balance that fulfils the operational needs of the company while guaranteeing quality time off for friends and family.
“It’s now time for Eurostar to come to the negotiating table with a set of proposals that honours our agreements and guarantees our members a genuine work/life balance.”
A Eurostar spokesman said: “We are aware of the plans for strike action and our focus has been seeking a joint resolution whilst planning to provide a good service for our customers.”
“We have made some small changes to our timetable with all passengers due to travel on affected trains notified in advance, to allow them to change their booking to another train on the same day,” Eurostar said.
Delays and cancellations
The cancelled services on Friday are the 08:04 service from London to Brussels, and the 12:52 departure from Brussels to London.
On Sunday the 14:13 and 16:43 trains from Paris to London and the 10:01 and 16:31 trains from London to Paris will not run.
On Saturday none have been cancelled, while on Monday the 07:55 train from London to Paris and the 08:43 train from Paris to London have been cancelled.