An end could be in sight to the summer-long MyFerryLink strike in Calais.
Also, new sculpture, and 911, for Porscheplatz in Stuttgart. Farmers mobilise in France ahead of big demo in Paris on Thursday.
AN END TO MYFERRYLINK DISPUTE?
Most workers re-employed and ships handed to DFDS on Wednesday.
Peace has finally broken out, it seems, between the players involved in the MyFerryLink dispute which has plagued ferry services all summer.
After the second meeting in a week at the French ministry of Transport in Paris, DFDS, Eurotunnel and the SCOP-Sea France union agreed a package of measures to end the dispute.
In a statement, the minister for Transport Alain Vidalies said 402 workers out of the 487 employed by MyFerryLink would get new jobs with either DFDS or Eurotunnel. The remainder will be compensated if still unemployed by next January.
However, as the BBC points out, none of those jobs will be for the British workers.
Meanwhile, the two former-MFL ferries, occupied in Calais harbour since June, will be handed over to DFDS on Wednesday morning (2 September) at 09:00.
DFDS says, ‘Contingent on the time of delivery from Eurotunnel, the ferries are expected to be deployed during Q4 2015 on Dover-Calais together with Calais Seaways and the route will therefore be operated by three ferries compared to two ferries today.’
The deal comes a day after yet another wildcat strike by MyFerryLink workers which closed Calais port for six hours overnight on one of the busiest return days of the year.
Aside from whether the terms of the deal are observed by all the parties, much might depend on the attitude of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which previously barred Eurotunnel from operating ferries from Dover.
The CMA is yet to respond to a request for comment.
roundup: FRANCE. After some quiet weeks, attention shifts back to the farmer protests ahead of a huge demonstration in Paris on Thursday. ‘1000 tractors and thousands of farmers will be mobilized in Paris on 3 September. The French Agriculture will be at the rendezvous of its future,’ says union leader Xavier Beulin this morning. The tractors are already on their way; columns of slow moving vehicles have been seen already today on the N12 in Brittany, heading east on the N12 at Morlaix and Saint-Brieuc. They are expected on the A84 and A13 later according to TransportOnline.nl with tractors from other parts of the country – particularly the A1 from Lille, A4 from Strasbourg and A10/A11 from Bordeaux – clogging roads over the next few days. They will all head home, of course, on Friday.