French ferry strike hits UK Brittany tourists, forcing an extra four hour drive for some returning to the UK

by Tiffany Millar on September 13, 2012

Hundreds of UK tourists have been left stranded in the popular northern French region of Brittany after the area was hit by wildcat strikes by French sailors.

This afternoon’s service from Roscoff to Plymouth had to be cancelled by Brittany Ferries after crew members of the Armorique officially walked out over planned amendments to both pay and working conditions. The stricken company, which currently faces a deficit of £56 millilon, has looked to impose pay cuts as well as increase working hours by 25 per cent - suggestions described as unacceptable by unions.

Crew members called a strike of 24 hours just as passengers had been preparing to get on board a ship scheduled to sail to Britain. Despite peace talks between two of France’s biggest unions and the company schedules for sometime later this month, the crew members still decided to take action.

Brittany Ferries has revealed that it is busy making arrangements to help stranded passengers to safely return home on the Caen to Portsmouth service it usually operates. Inconveniently, this will involve a drive of anything up to four hours for any parties that wish to return to the UK immediately, although the firm has already confirmed that it will reimburse petrol costs.

The industrial action is also to bring about the cancellation of the next Plymouth to Roscoff service that was due to transport roughly 300 passengers.

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