Train strike 2022: Will Eurostar journeys be affected by the RMT action in June?

Open door of Eurostar train

Will your EuroStar journey be impacted by the ongoing strikes? (Picture: Getty Images)

Following recent tube strikes causing commuter chaos across London, many are concerned about June’s planned rail strike action.

Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members have put forward a summary of grievances surrounding pay freezes, pensions, job losses and more.

Around 50,000 railway workers walked out on June 21 and June 23, while a strike is also planned for June 25 – with the dates coinciding with the first Glastonbury Festival since 2019.

And, with thousands of Brits hoping to head abroad for their summer holiday, it seems plans could be disrupted by the strikes.

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

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

According to Eurostar’s Twitter account, the international rail firm has no plans to participate in strike action.

When asked whether their services would be affected by train strikes on June 21, 23 and 25 by members of the public, Eurostar’s account replied: ‘Hello, we are not expecting the UK National Rail strike to affect Eurostar train services.’

While the walk-out will lead to tens of thousands of rail workers halting services on the three designated days, Eurostar is not currently among the 13 affected train operators.

However, your journey to UK Eurostar terminals of King’s Cross St. Pancras International, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International may be affected, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time when heading to the station.

The 13 affected train operators

The train operators impacted by the strikes are as follows:

Avanti West Coast
Chiltern Railways
Cross Country Trains
Greater Anglia
East Midlands Railway
Great Western Railway
Northern Trains
South Western Railway
Transpennine Express
West Midlands Trains has contacted Eurostar for further comment, so keep an eye out for updates.

Why are rail workers going on strike in June?

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

50,000 railway workers are set to walk out over three days in June, causing chaos for commuters (Picture: 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 negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.

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

‘Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.

‘Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘This unfairness is fuelling our members anger and their determination to win a fair settlement.

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Source:: Metro


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