Eurostar: Government Must Act

ASLEF, has called for the government to intervene to prevent Eurostar going to the wall. The move comes after the company admitted it is 'fighting for survival'.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, said: 'Boris Johnson, Grant Shapps, and the rest of the Tory Cabinet must act now to save this service – for passengers, for the people who work on Eurostar, and for Britain as we get set to leave the European Union at the end of next month.

'Train drivers, and the other workers 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 the train companies are suffering, not because of anything it has done wrong, but because of the pandemic.

'That's why the government needs to act – now – to save the jobs and save the service.'