The future of Brittany Ferries in France is in the balance, says the company, amid a stand-off between management and employees who went on strike over allowances and working hours, but who now want to return to work.
The company which operates passenger services between France and Britain, Ireland and Spain says it will not allow French strikers back to work while an agreement on competitiveness remains unsigned and with the threat of bankruptcy hanging overhead.
Employees say they want to resume work.
“All the ships voted to go back to work on saturday.
We are supposed to work. Every morning we put on our uniforms. We’re ready to go back to work, to take the passengers. If they tell us tomorrow morning, we go back to work. Even this evening,” said one female worker.
Brittany Ferries has cancelled all services until next week, disrupting thousands of passengers.
The company said it agreed a deal with unions only for ships’ crews to reject it.
At the Transport Ministry management did not turn up for proposed round-table talks.
Brittany Ferries says union officials are no longer representative of the workforce.