Guernsey

Condor dispute not over, union says

  • 20 February 2014
  • From the section Guernsey

Union leaders have warned a dispute against Condor Ferries is not over after wildcat strikes were called off.

Condor Rapide docked in Guernsey after 12 days of being held "hostage" by its French Crew in St Malo.

Union spokeswoman, Laure Talleneau said: "The crew [is] back to work because they could see they were getting nowhere."

She said: "The union will now take legal advice on how to get better pay and conditions."

Representatives for the Guernsey-owned company had been on board the vessel to discuss terms with representatives from the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF).

Condor said it could not afford all of the striking crew's demands but was pleased they had come to a compromise.

The action cost Condor Ferries an estimated £500,000 while thousands of islanders were left without half-term travel.

Condor's CEO James Fulford said: "I would like to thank our guests for their patience during this difficult time and I'd also like to apologise to them for the enormous disruption that the strike action has caused.

"We have worked hard to keep guests updated and offer alternative travel options and are sure that a negotiated agreement is the appropriate and desired outcome."

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