UNION DEMANDS WOULD BANKRUPT THE COMPANY SAYS CONDOR FERRIES BOSS.
Dispute ongoing until at least early next week.
There seems to be no end in sight to the strike by Condor Ferries staff in St Malo.
All sailings to and from the French port have been suspended since last Thursday. Yesterday Condor cancelled all services to and from St Malo until Monday.
Asked if there was any prospect of a solution Condor chief executive James Fulford told @DriveEurope last night, ‘We are always hopeful but these guys minimum demand would bankrupt our company. We’re hoping they’ll see this and go for our offer.’
This was after he tweeted on Sunday, ‘Joined my colleague on board Condor Rapide yesterday and will be here for a while! Great talks with the guys and we tabled a formal proposition addressing almost all their concerns. Problem is that their external (non-Condor) spokesperson is refusing to even acknowledge our proposition let alone reply to it – pity! #respect.’
According to the BBC, the workers, members of the ITF International Transport Workers Federation, are protesting ‘because they want the same rights as their counterparts on the mainland, such as social security benefits.’
The Maritime spokesman for the ITF was not available for comment this morning.
Condor’s UK-Channel Islands routes are not affected.
Subsequent remarks from James Fulford via Twitter: [there is] lots of false data on strikers’ pay – publicly available facts are they earn from €17.7k for the lowest paid (Cat3Seaman) to €30.5k for the bosun. The majority are in the mid €20ks. In addition whilst certainly a tough and skilful job:
- Unlike most seafarers these guys get to go home at the end of each shift.
- The vast majority of the time they work one week on and one week at home (fully paid), and
- Finally, unlike most shipping companies, in the winter the vast majority of the time the ship is alongside in its home port.