Eurostar strikes Friday, Saturday

16 December 2009

Talks between ASLEF and Eurostar concerning international allowances have broken down this afternoon and industrial action will be taking place on Friday and Saturday.

 

The problem has arisen because the real value of drivers' international allowances has declined as the value of the pound sterling has dropped compared with the euro. Allowances have been increased in line with UK inflation, but this has not matched the exchange rate. Thus the 71 ASLEF represented drivers lose money when they are in Belgium or Paris. The union claims that a formula exists to rectify the problem which the company is not implementing.

 

There is likely to be some inconvenience to passengers which ASLEF says is entirely due to an inflexible approach by Eurostar.

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