ASLEF, the train drivers' union, this week met the Treasury to press the British government to support jobs and services at Eurostar after the company admitted it is 'fighting for survival'. The union will now be working with the TUC to put together a formal paper to be presented to the Treasury.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, said: 'We are calling on the UK government to intervene to prevent Eurostar going to the wall. Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, and Grant Shapps must act now to save this service – for passengers, for the men and women who work on Eurostar, and for Britain and our connection with the continent.

'Train drivers, and the other men and women who make up the train crew, together with all the other staff who keep our railways running, have been instrumental in moving passengers and freight around this country during the pandemic.

'The cross-Channel link has never been more important. So the government must not turn its back on them now. Eurostar is a strong company with a strong future. But it is suffering, as all train companies are suffering, not because of anything it has done wrong, but because of the pandemic.

'That’s why the Treasury needs to help as it has helped other companies during this crisis.'



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