Crossings resume as industrial action ends
BRITTANY Ferries has announced it will resume its crossings this afternoon following ten days of suspended services.
The company, with a main port in the city, said on its website yesterday: "We are pleased to announce that industrial action is over and services will resume on Tuesday afternoon.
"Please accept our sincere apologies if you were one of the many who suffered disruption to travel plans during the industrial dispute."
The ferry company said management "reluctantly" made the decision on Friday September 21 to tie up the fleet and to cancel all crossings following a series of wildcat strikes which had been disrupting services.
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Meetings with union officials and ferry directors have been taking place in Roscoff since the suspension of services was announced.
Following a referendum amongst all non-officer crew on Sunday, a majority voted to accept the agreement put to their unions.
Brittany Ferries said this allowed the company to resume operations and removes any likelihood of further industrial action.
Martine Jourdren, group managing director, said: "Whilst this strike has caused immense disruption for our customers, for which we are very sorry, we could not continue with a situation whereby 24 hour strikes were being called at a moment's notice.
"The company has worked hard to negotiate an agreement with the unions which achieves the cost savings and productivity improvements that we were seeking, as well as removing the prospect of any further strike action.
"We know that we have to work hard to regain the confidence of many of our customers, but equally I am very gratified by the huge number of appreciative messages that we have received from those who have been impressed by our attempts to look after them.
"Our shore-based teams in the UK, France, Spain and Ireland have all made an outstanding effort to help both our passengers and freight customers."
The ferry company said the industrial dispute had disrupted the travel plans of thousands of its passengers and long standing freight customers during the past ten days.