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AFP: French strike cripples Channel ferry

For those concerned by transport between France and the UK via the English Channel (or in French “la Manche”, meaning “the sleeve”), here is some relevant news regarding a strike going on (what else is new?):

AFP – April 4, 2010

French strike cripples Channel ferry

LILLE, France — French Channel ferry workers decided Sunday to prolong their strike for two days after leaving tens of thousands of travellers stranded over the busy Easter weekend.

Workers at SeaFrance ferries walked off the job on Friday to protest the loss of a 100-euro (135-dollar) bonus and inadequate staffing for the crossings from Calais to Dover.

“The employees met Sunday morning and decided to extend their movement for a minimum of 48 hours,” said union official Didier Cappelle. “The three ferries will remain at dock until Tuesday.”

SeaFrance normally operates between 16 and 19 crossings a day between Calais and Dover.
The company said it had 23,000 reservations for Friday and 12,000 for Saturday, resulting in losses of 1.25 million euros, said Jean-Claude Dechatte, a SeaFrance manager.

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