Ferry crossings cancelled after wildcat strikes

Daily Echo: Ferry crossings cancelled after wildcat strikes Ferry crossings cancelled after wildcat strikes

Brittany Ferries has cancelled all crossings from Portsmouth and Plymouth to France “until further notice” after two days of wildcat strikes.

French crew members have been taking industrial action in a dispute over proposed changes to terms and conditions to cut costs.

Ferry bosses said they had reluctantly decided to tie up the fleet and cancel all crossings “with immediate effect, until further notice”.

A statement said: “This decision has not been taken lightly, but we cannot subject our passengers to the on-going uncertainty caused by wildcat strikes and cancellation of services at short notice.”

The only route unaffected is the Poole-Cherbourg passenger crossing which is operated for Brittany Ferries by Condor Ferries.

Passengers are being diverted to Dover under special arrangements with P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink to accept Brittany Ferries tickets. A full refund will be given for unused Brittany Ferries crossings.

Talks between unions Brittany Ferries and being held in the French port of Roscoff in a bid to end the dispute.

The Brittany Ferries statement added: “Brittany Ferries very much regrets the effect that the disruption will have on our customers but is hopeful that a resolution will be found soon, as discussions with the unions are on-going and will continue throughout the weekend.”

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9:06pm Fri 21 Sep 12

MGRA says...

BF should fold themselves into liquidation, then follow a management buy-out of the company assets only. Then relaunch the company with asian crew. there solved.... lazy french a55holes....
BF should fold themselves into liquidation, then follow a management buy-out of the company assets only. Then relaunch the company with asian crew. there solved.... lazy french a55holes.... MGRA
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9:24pm Fri 21 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

The French are always on strike or whining about something. Yet, we moan about our Country.............
The French are always on strike or whining about something. Yet, we moan about our Country............. IronLady2010
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3:11pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Poppy22 says...

Yes any excuse for French to strike and they do.
Bring back the P&O ferries!
Yes any excuse for French to strike and they do. Bring back the P&O ferries! Poppy22
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3:46pm Sat 22 Sep 12

kingnotail says...

IronLady2010 says...
9:24pm Fri 21 Sep 12
The French are always on strike or whining about something. Yet, we moan about our Country...........

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Yet the French have world class public transport, manufacturing industry, food, culture...
IronLady2010 says... 9:24pm Fri 21 Sep 12 The French are always on strike or whining about something. Yet, we moan about our Country........... - Yet the French have world class public transport, manufacturing industry, food, culture... kingnotail
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11:52pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Inform Al says...

Yes, I wondered when this story came up whether it would be the union or the Frog bashers that had a rant. Seems that it's the frogs that are even more disliked than the unions here, bl00dy unbelievable. Why don't we just get out of the EU and let the Frogs run it with their new allies, Krautland.
Yes, I wondered when this story came up whether it would be the union or the Frog bashers that had a rant. Seems that it's the frogs that are even more disliked than the unions here, bl00dy unbelievable. Why don't we just get out of the EU and let the Frogs run it with their new allies, Krautland. Inform Al
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11:14am Sun 23 Sep 12

On the inside says...

Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.
Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid. On the inside
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11:32am Sun 23 Sep 12

Torchie1 says...

On the inside wrote:
Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.
I think you'll find that they've accepted the well of free money has run dry and they are making tough decisions to save the company. Alternatively they could raise their fares and watch the passengers travel with alternative lines that have a sensible fiscal strategy but you'll no doubt complain when Brittany Ferries close their operation and make everyone redundant. There's a lot of competition on the cross channel route and a smaller salary is far better than no salary at all.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that they've accepted the well of free money has run dry and they are making tough decisions to save the company. Alternatively they could raise their fares and watch the passengers travel with alternative lines that have a sensible fiscal strategy but you'll no doubt complain when Brittany Ferries close their operation and make everyone redundant. There's a lot of competition on the cross channel route and a smaller salary is far better than no salary at all. Torchie1
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1:31pm Sun 23 Sep 12

southy says...

On the inside wrote:
Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.
Very true, not one of them could do what the crew do.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.[/p][/quote]Very true, not one of them could do what the crew do. southy
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1:57pm Sun 23 Sep 12

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
On the inside wrote:
Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.
Very true, not one of them could do what the crew do.
That's the benefit of an education, it means they don't have to.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: Isn't the company spokesman a whining git. Stop wringing your hands and start resolving the dispute you started. Typical british middle management - lazy, incompetent, and overpaid.[/p][/quote]Very true, not one of them could do what the crew do.[/p][/quote]That's the benefit of an education, it means they don't have to. Torchie1
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