BRITTANY Ferries crossings between Portsmouth and France have been cancelled until further notice.
There was little warning for the ‘wildcat’ action, taken by some of the firm’s crew yesterday.
Talks are continuing in the French port of Roscoff between unions and Brittany Ferries in a bid to end the dispute.
The company is trying to reduce costs following three years of losses.
The action was triggered by some workers upset at proposed changes to working terms and conditions put forward by management.
A spokesman for the firm, which has its UK head quarters in Portsmouth, said: ‘Brittany Ferries very much regrets the inconvenience that its customers are experiencing as a result of industrial action by our crew.
‘The action results from measures being taken by the company to improve productivity and efficiency in order to ensure that we remain competitive.
‘The action has been called with the minimum of notice therefore creating the maximum inconvenience for many thousands of our customers.’
Brittany Ferries says it is attempting to contact passengers by phone, email, text and social media.
The spokesman added: ‘Because of the uncertainty we are recommending customers to travel to Dover where we have special arrangements in place with P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink to accept Brittany Ferries tickets.
‘A full refund will, of course be given for the unused Brittany Ferries crossings.’
Passengers wishing to get the latest information should see brittany-ferries.co.uk/routes/sailing-updates