Eurostar services disrupted by strike

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Eurostar train services between the UK and Europe were disrupted because of a strike by workers protesting over pay.

Eurostar train services between the UK and Europe were disrupted because of a strike by workers protesting over pay.

Two early morning trains from London to Paris were cancelled because of the walkout by around 70 train managers.

A total of 12 trains between London, Paris and Brussels were expected to be cancelled today, although 43 services were unaffected.

Eurostar switched passengers to services which were running and said it was confident travellers would be able to get to their destination despite the disruption.

The strikers, members of Aslef, are seeking a pay rise to close the gap between their wages and the earnings of Eurostar drivers.

Further strikes are set for the new year but there was no prospect of any fresh talks between the two sides.

A strike by train drivers based in Lille, France, was adding to the disruption.

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