France -Reflagging dispute ended -January 10, 2014

Ferry operators SNCM and Compagnie Méridionale de Navigation resumed sailings between the mainland and Corsica after seafarers voted to end a nine-day strike. At a meeting with strike leaders the government promised to safeguard the future of SNCM. According to the trade unions of the sector, the main demands by the workers are now guaranteed by the Executive. One of those demands is the obligation of all ships that operate in the country to carry the French flag as their first insignia, with the purpose of achieving a significant number of jobs on board for local workers and to end the services with ships under foreign flags, on which all the personnel is from other countries, although they work within the French maritime space. Trade union leaders feared SNCM was heading into bankruptcy following indications that one of its main shareholders, utilities group Veolia, was no longer ready to support its fleet renewal plans.

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