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Eurostar job losses

11 October 2016

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes responds to the news of 80 job losses and a cut in services at Eurostar:

"The Eurostar business has taken a colossal and unexpected hit because of the fall off in travel to Paris and Brussels in the wake of the criminal/terror attacks earlier this year.
"Our first priority as a union is to protect our members interests, their jobs, their pension and their redundancy rights during this difficult period and we will be vigilant in defending those interests.
"But, I would also point out that Eurostar is a vital strategic asset which should be brought into state ownership in Britain - as it is in France and Belgium -to become a vital part of our nation's future green and sustainable infrastructure.
"If invested in as part of an integrated rail network to which the Labour Party is now committed, it could be part of environmental transport programme that negates airport expansion and reduces carbon emissions and continues to form a vital highway link with a post-Brexit Europe."

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