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Op Stack warning as Eurostar workers go on strike

Friday 12th August 2016

The first of four separate Eurostar strikes by staff from two unions started today with management claiming the effect on services will be limited.

Members of RMT will go on strike until August 15, and August 27 to 29 during the bank holiday weekend.

TSSA staff plan to strike on 14 and 15 August, and 28 and 29 August.

A Kent MP has warned authorities must be preapred to implement Operation Stack if there are dusruptions to travel to France

Eurostar claims it has has made some modifications to its weekend timetable to ensure "all passengers will be able to travel", with eight services cancelled.

A Eurostar spokesman said: "We are aware of the plans for strike action and our focus has been seeking a joint resolution whilst planning to provide a good service for our customers.

"We have made some small changes to our timetable with all passengers due to travel on affected trains notified in advance, to allow them to change their booking to another train on the same day." 

Dover MP tweeted: "Kent Police and @HighwaysSEAST must be ready to use M20 Operation Stack if Eurostar strike threatens renewed Dover traffic chaos."