9 July 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands Government support to protect jobs and services as Eurostar announces cuts package.
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded Government support to protect jobs and services that are vital to Britain's economic future as Eurostar have announced a cuts package in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on cross channel business.
The cuts amount to a 20% reduction in costs with an impact on jobs and services and RMT has entered into talks with the objective of protecting staff employed across the Eurostar operation.
RMT has warned that the planned cuts, alongside advanced proposals to decimate ferry jobs, would hit Kent and the stations at Ebbsfleet and Ashford particularly hard and the union has called on Grant Shapps and his colleagues to intervene as a matter of urgency.
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary, Mick Lynch said;
“RMT is demanding Government support to protect Eurostar jobs and services from the fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic and to recognise the long term importance to the British economy of these cross-channel transport services as we look to the future. Short-term cuts would have dire long-term consequences.
“The Eurostar announcement mirrors similar cuts plans coming out of the ferry sector and would have particularly serious implications for the economy of Kent.
"RMT will be seeking urgent talks with the Government to stop this cull of jobs and services which would leave Britain ill-equipped to kick-start the economy with cross-channel tourism and trade.”
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