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SeaFrance ferry workers continue strike into fifth day

SeaFrance passengers are being told to check in as normal

A four-day strike by French ferry workers disrupting cross-Channel services from the Kent port of Dover is set to continue into Tuesday.

SeaFrance has been cancelling all Dover to Calais sailings since Friday after members of the CFDT union walked out in a row over new working practices.

The company said its sailings would now be suspended until 2000 BST on Tuesday.

It has advised customers to arrive as normal, saying they will be transferred to a crossing with another operator.

Negotiations held

In a statement, the firm said it "profusely apologised" to those affected.

SeaFrance said negotiations had been taking place to find a solution to the industrial dispute.

The ferry company normally operates 16 to 19 crossings a day between Calais and Dover.

The dispute is estimated to have cost SeaFrance more than £1m, with tens of thousands of passengers affected over the bank holiday weekend.

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

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