RMT train strike 2022: Will Eurostar journeys be affected in June?

Arriving by Eurostar train from Paris to St Pancras station in London

Brits planning to travel on Eurostar in June are concerned (Image: Owen Franken via Getty Images)

Following The recent Tube strikes, which have caused commuter chaos across London, have many worrying about the planned rail strike in June.

Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members have presented a round-up of grievances over pay freezes, pensions, job losses and more.

The union say 50,000 railway workers will leave on June 21, 23 and 25, which also coincides with Glastonbury Festival dates.

And with thousands of Britons hoping to go abroad for their summer holidays, plans appear to be disrupted by the strikes.

So if you’re traveling on Eurostar, read on to find out if your travel plans will be affected.

Will Eurostar travel be affected by the RMT strikes in June 2022?

According to Eurostar Twitter The international railway company has no plans to take part in strike action.

When asked if their services would be affected by train strikes on June 21, 23 and 25 by members of the public, Eurostar replied answered: ‘Hello, we do not expect the UK National Rail strike to affect Eurostar service.’

While the strike will cause tens of thousands of rail workers to stop service over the three set days, Eurostar is currently not among the 13 train operators affected.

However, your travel to the UK Eurostar terminals at King’s Cross St Pancras International, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International may be affected, so allow plenty of time when making your way to the station.

The 13 railway operators concerned

The following rail operators are affected by the strikes:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railway
  • intercity trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • southeast
  • Südwestbahn
  • Transpennine Express
  • West Midlands trains has contacted Eurostar for further comments so keep an eye out for updates.

Why are rail workers on strike in June?

The RMT strike action is taking place for a number of reasons after negotiations did not go to plan for the union.

Passengers waiting to board a train during rush hour in England

50,000 railway workers are said to be disembarking over three days in June, wreaking havoc on commuters (Image: In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary, said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in the negotiations, the rail industry, with support from the Government, has not taken their concerns seriously.

“We have a cost of living crisis and it is unacceptable that railway workers either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising.

“Our union will now launch an ongoing campaign of industrial action that will shut down the rail system.

“Rail companies are making profits of at least £500m a year while fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This injustice fuels the anger of our members and their determination to reach a fair settlement.

“RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they must come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways.”

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