School Travel Companies Lobby MPs to Take Immediate Action over Strikes in Calais Thursday 2 July 2015 PDF Print STF members organise over 15,000 trips with schools every year, representing a value of over £400m to the UK economy. Members of the School Travel Forum, a not for profit organisation representing and regulating school travel tour operators, are lobbying MPs to take immediate action over the illegal wild cat strikes in Calais. STF members organise over 15,000 trips with schools every year, representing a value of over £400m to the UK economy. The strikes are occurring at the busiest time of year for school trips, with a huge number travelling from Dover to Calais. The individual companies and the School Travel Forum are demanding urgent government and EU action to make the French authorities end the illegal strikes, which are causing substantial ongoing costs to the industry. Ian Pearson, School Travel Forum general manager, said: “The evidence shows that school trips are an extremely valuable educational and life experience for our children. The massive amount of planning and preparation made by the schools is being shamefully wasted and the immense personal value of these experiences is being lost by the pupils.” In addition to encouraging the STF members to contact their local MPs, The School Travel Forum has also called upon the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade to press for urgent government and EU action to resolve the issue. -Ends- About The School Travel Forum The School Travel Forum was founded in 2003 and is a not for profit organisation. Its Assured Member scheme has widespread recognition and support for the way it simplified and provided essential reassurance for leaders looking to organise school trips. Media enquiries: Emma Starrs, Ad Hoc-PR, Tell: 07704 110703, email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Ad Hoc-PR in the following categories: Travel, Education & Human Resources, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.