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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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RMT, TSSA and Unite members vote to accept Network Rail pay offer

Members of the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions have voted to accept the pay offer made by Network Rail on June 1. The deal includes a 2% pay rise this year, with a pay increase in line with Retail Prices Index inflation next year. Staff have also been given an assurance of no compulsory redundancies to the end of next year.

NR Chief Executive Mark Carne said: “This has clearly been a difficult period of uncertainty for our employees and for the people and businesses that depend on us. I am therefore pleased that we’ve come to an agreement.

Carne added: “What has been clear to me throughout these negotiations is the passion we all share for the railway. I'm confident we will all now move forward together, translating that passion into improvements that will drive up our performance and deliver a better service for our customers.”

The acceptance of the pay offer means that the threat of industrial action, which had been proposed earlier in June, has been lifted.

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