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SeaFrance strike continues to affect Channel ferries

SeaFrance passengers are being told to check in as normal

A strike by French ferry workers which has been disrupting cross-Channel services from the Kent port of Dover has entered a fifth day.

The strike has led to the cancellation of all SeaFrance sailings from Dover to Calais since Friday. Talks aimed at resolving the dispute are continuing.

The industrial action began when members of the CFDT union walked out in a row over new working practices.

SeaFrance said its sailings were 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.

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.

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