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SeaFrance cross-Channel ferry strike 'to continue'

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SeaFrance passengers are being told to check in as normal

A strike by French ferry workers which has been disrupting cross-Channel services is expected to last at least until Monday evening.

SeaFrance had to cancel all Dover to Calais sailings after CFDT union members walked out on Friday in a row over new working practices.

The firm said on Sunday evening it was continuing to negotiate with the union but the strike would last another day.

SeaFrance passengers are being transferred to other operators.

A spokeswoman for SeaFrance said: "At the present time the strike is continuing and is expected to last for another 24 hours, however passengers should check in as normal and SeaFrance will transfer them to alternative services.

"There are currently no delays in the port and inconvenience is being kept to a minimum.

"Negotiations are under way to find a solution to the current industrial dispute."

Operation Stack - where lorries waiting to cross the Channel park on the M20 in Kent - was put in place throughout the day on Friday as traffic built up around the port and lifted later in the evening.

SeaFrance said it had been contacting passengers by text and email.

The ferry company normally operates 15 crossings a day between Calais and Dover.



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