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Eurostar strike suspended from midnight for talks to resume

Published 12/08/2016

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out until Monday, followed by three days over the Bank Holiday weekend
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out until Monday, followed by three days over the Bank Holiday weekend

A strike by Eurostar workers will be suspended from midnight to allow further talks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union walked out on Friday and were due to remain on strike for four days.

The union announced that the action will be suspended at midnight to allow for further negotiations after some progress was made at talks.

The dispute is over shift patterns and other work/life balance issues.

Two trains to and from London and Brussels were cancelled today but Eurostar had already said there will be no effect on trains on Saturday.

The TSSA rail union had earlier suspended strike action at Eurostar following an agreement to review work rosters at St Pancras Station.

Its members were due to walk out on Sunday and Monday (August 14 and 15) and for two days over the Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday August 28 and Monday August 29.

A Eurostar spokesman said: "Following a meeting with the RMT and TSSA this morning, we are pleased to hear that both unions have agreed to call off strike action planned for this weekend and for the bank holiday period.

"Our focus continues to be on providing a good service for our customers. We will continue to operate our revised timetable this weekend, which allows all passengers booked to travel to do so.

"We will operate a normal timetable over the bank holiday period."

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