Minister holds new talks to resolve MyFerryLink dispute
United Kingdom/MyFerryLink – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
Paris, 30 July 2015
Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, today convened representatives of the Maritime Nord union and the management of Eurotunnel and DFDS for a new round table on the MyFerryLink case.
The meeting failed to achieve a comprehensive agreement.
Eurotunnel reiterated its pledge of an offer to charter the ship Nord-Pas-de-Calais, subject to the result of the proceedings under way in the British Supreme Court. This proposal will be made official in writing in the coming days.
Discussions between the Scop [workers’ cooperative SeaFrance] employees and DFDS led to a commitment by DFDS to provide details of posts in its takeover proposal, which can be submitted individually to the employees only after they are made redundant as a result of any winding-up by a court decision.
The parties agreed that the conditions for a comprehensive agreement could not exist until that date.
In the meantime, direct negotiations between the parties will continue. Alain Vidalies reiterated the government’s absolute insistence that DFDS should be able to continue working from the port of Calais./.