Eurostar Makes New Offer to Labor Union, Halting Four-Day Strikeby
Friday had been first of seven days of strikes set for August
Offer ‘could be basis’ for final agreement with workers: Cash
A labor union has put the brakes on a four-day strike that forced Eurostar International Ltd. to cancel trains between London and continental Europe on Friday after the company gave its U.K. members a new proposal.
Employees were told to report for work starting at midnight Friday, labor union RMT said in a statement on its website. Two trains to and from Brussels had been canceled Friday with another six routes between London and Paris due to be scrapped on Sunday and Monday because of the strike, the company had said earlier.
RMT, which scheduled a separate three-day work stoppage from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, is protesting work hours it deems “anti-social” at Eurostar. Union representatives are now set to meet to discuss the offer.
“We believe the company’s proposals could be the basis for achieving an agreement but this will need to be explored further in talks,” RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said in a statement. “To allow further discussions we have decided to suspend all industrial action in this dispute.”
Eurostar, which last year served 10 million travelers, operates from St. Pancras in central London via the Channel Tunnel. The train operator has been hurt by a string of terror attacks in Paris and Brussels that has halted services and affected demand since last year.