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Eurostar rail workers to strike over 7 days: UK rail union RMT

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Eurostar workers to go on strike

Rail workers on Eurostar trains linking Britain to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel will strike for a total of seven days in August because of a long-running dispute over work-life balance, Britain's RMT rail union said on Wednesday.

The RMT said the strike action will take place in two blocks over two weekends, from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15 and from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29.

In a statement, the rail union said the disputed centered on "Eurostar's failure to honour an agreement from 2008 which sought to ensure that train managers could expect a good work-life balance."

A spokesperson for Eurostar told CNBC that the rail company was aware of the strike and were seeking joint resolution while planning to provide customers with a good service. Small changes are planned to the timetable to make sure passengers who have booked will be able to travel, the spokesperson added.

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