Up to 90 Eurostar staff, including 70 drivers, are to begin a 48-hour strike on Friday, December 18th, in a dispute over pay. The union Aslef, in a brief statement, confirmed that talks with the company's management had broken down, and warned that further strikes could take place the following weekend. Eurostar says their offer was a reasonable one given the economic circumstances, and the company aims to operate a full service regardless, using French and German drivers instead. But in the week when British Airways was rocked by a planned 12-day strike, the news will raise further fears that the quintessential image of Christmas 2009 could be a snaking queue of disgruntled travellers lining up outside Heathrow or St Pancras.
Eurostar Staff To Strike This Weekend
Last Updated 16 December 2009