French strike disrupts Eurotunnel shuttle service

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, Oct 11 (AFP) - A strike by French workers disrupted the Eurotunnel shuttle service through the Channel tunnel linking France and Britain on Tuesday, causing some cancellations, management and unions said.

LILLE, France, Oct 11 (AFP) - A strike by French workers disrupted the Eurotunnel shuttle service through the Channel tunnel linking France and Britain on Tuesday, causing some cancellations, management and unions said.

One in four of the rail shuttles -- which transport vehicles and their passengers through the tunnel -- were cancelled, the Eurotunnel company said.

"A little more than 100 people went on strike this morning, mainly on maintenance tasks," a spokesperson said.

Unions covering French workers said they had called an unlimited strike to force the management to soften its position in negotiations under way to restructure the debt-laden company.

A union spokesman, Philippe Vanderbec, said the striking employees were at their posts but refusing to work.

Eurotunnel and its unions agreed in June to a cost-cutting programme to shed 750 jobs from its 3,200-strong workforce through attrition and voluntary departures.

The company could face bankruptcy in early 2007 unless it manages to reduce its debt load of nine billion euros.

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