Eurostar staff will suspend their strike action from midnight after a breakthrough in talks between bosses, the RMT and the TSSA this morning (12 August). The union has made the move to allow for further, detailed negotiations, an RMT spokesman confirmed.

The development comes as RMT and TSSA members planned to walk out from 00:01 BST on 12 August until 23.59 BST on 15 August, and for three days over the Bank Holiday weekend from 27 August.

The industrial action was part of a work-life balance dispute between train managers and Eurostar.

Mick Cash, the general secretary of the RMT, said ahead of the strike: "Our members have every right to have a fair work/life balance that fulfils the operational needs of the company while guaranteeing quality time off for friends and family."

The RMT is involved in a number of disputes at the moment, including a row with Southern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast.