Plymouth ferry chief: no financial pressure to end strike
A FERRY chief has said crisis point "is a long way off" as the impact of a workers' strike continues.
A spokesperson for Brittany Ferries said the company has good cash reserves which would see it through the dispute "for the foreseeable future".
He said: "Crisis point is a long way off. We have strong cash reserves to keep us going for the foreseeable future.
"We are not under any financial pressure to end the strike unnecessarily.
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"In the short term we are making losses but in the long term the company will benefit."
More talks between ferry chiefs and striking staff took place yesterday, at company headquarters in Roscoff, following Brittany Ferries' decision on Friday to tie up the fleet and cancel all crossings.
However, staff at the French port claimed last night they had been ready to go back to work when the company moved to cancel its crossing.
The spokesperson said: "It is important that the directors reach an agreement which will enable us to carry out the savings for the future prosperity of the company."
The company estimates around 34,000 passengers have so far been affected by the strike action which has already cost Brittany Ferries millions of pounds, the spokesperson said.
French staff are taking action over Brittany Ferries cutbacks which include changes to working hours and conditions.
Yesterday all crossings were cancelled until 4.30pm on Friday, except the Poole-Cherbourg passenger service.
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