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11/11/00
Eurotunnel Drivers in 24 Hour Stoppage
- Train services won't be affected,say company bosses

MORE train trouble hits Britain today with the second one day strike by Eurostar drivers who are demanding union recognition.

Services on the rest of the country's railways have already been blighted by the emergency engineering work undertaken in the wake of the Hatfield crash but the channel tunnel link was relatively unaffected by such measures.

Now, train drivers union Aslef is planning to increase the intensity of its campaign for union rights. Ordinarily, disruption caused by unions is frowned apon by travellers, but it could be the public reaction will be one of support this time around, as Aslef was a key component of the campaign to block rail privatisation four years ago.
Privatisation, in its profit-taking and fragmentation of an ordered national structure, is seen by many to be the root cause of the disasters that have befallen the UK's rail system over the past few years.

However, industry experts believe Aslef will have to do more than organise the occasional 24 hour stoppage if they are to win their case. Eurotunnel management say contingency plans in force mean few, if any, trains will be cancelled today.




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