France -Agreement signed at Brittany Ferries -October 02, 2012

A 10-day strike at Brittany Ferries (see last month Newsletter) ended after a positive vote in a phone poll paved the way for a deal. Nearly 1,300 crew members staged several wildcat strikes over proposals to withdraw allowances and change working hours. The deal from the firm which has lost money for the last three years was accepted by 56.68% of the workforce. The company was seeking an agreement which achieves cost savings and productivity improvements. It includes an extra 11 hours a year working time, more multi-tasking and an end to free meals when staff is not on duty.



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