Eurotunnel facing strike threat by French staff

Eurotunnel trains in Folkestone, Kent
Image caption Eurotunnel said it was taking steps to minimise any disruption

French Eurotunnel workers are threatening strike action over the bank holiday weekend in a dispute over pay.

The company, which runs Channel Tunnel shuttle services, said French unions were demanding an 8% pay rise and were threatening to strike from Saturday.

Eurotunnel said it was not taking further bookings for Calais to Folkestone journeys for Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday.

But the company said it hoped to run a full service over the weekend.

A company spokesman said: "We have suspended Folkestone to Calais bookings in order to protect the bookings we already have and we fully expect to carry on as normal."

Eurotunnel added that it was taking steps to mitigate any disruption.

A spokesman said it would ensure British train drivers were available and was also looking at the possibility of sending UK staff to the terminal in France if necessary.

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