Cancellations as first Eurostar strike begins

The first of four Eurostar strikes begins today, with staff from two unions in dispute over shift patterns work-life balance.

The strikes will run from today until August 15 and again between August 27 and 29, the bank holiday weekend.

Eurostar has made some modifications to its timetable today to ensure “all passengers will be able to travel”, however two services have been cancelled.

The 8.04am from London to Brussels was the first cancelled and the 12.52 from Brussels to London is the second.

Eurostar said it expected to operate a normal service tomorrow (August 13), but that more cancellations will occur on Sunday.

Sunday’s cancelled services are: the 10.01am train from London to Paris; 2:14pm departure from Paris to London; the 4.43pm service between Paris and London; and the 4.31pm train from London to Paris.

On Monday (August 15) both the 8.43am departure from Paris to London and the 7.55am from London to Paris have been cancelled.

Eurostar said customers booked on these trains have been contacted offering the option to change to another.

The dispute is over unsocial hours and duty rosters for about 80 train managers.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said the actions “feel like an excuse to be militant”.

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