Belfast Telegraph

Union warns of jobs threat as Eurostar reviews 'size and shape' of its business

Eurostar is looking at the "size and shape" of its business in a review union leaders say could lead to 80 job losses.

The company said any job cuts will be achieved through voluntary redundancy or sabbaticals as much as possible.

Transport Salaried Staffs Association general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "The Eurostar business has taken a colossal and unexpected hit because of the fall-off in travel to Paris and Brussels in the wake of the terror attacks earlier this year.

"Our first priority as a union is to protect our members' interests, their jobs, their pension and their redundancy rights during this difficult period.

"I would also point out that Eurostar is a vital strategic asset which should be brought into state ownership in Britain - as it is in France and Belgium - to become a vital part of our nation's future green and sustainable infrastructure."

A Eurostar spokesman said: "This is a challenging environment for all travel companies and we need to manage our costs very carefully. That's why we are looking at the size and shape of our business.

"We are committed to minimising the impact of these changes on our colleagues and our current focus is on managing any reductions through voluntary redundancies and sabbaticals as much as possible."