Marseille strike damages start to add up

7th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 7 (AFP) - French employers' federation Medef urged the government on Friday to end a strike blockade of the Mediterranean port of Marseille because it was putting the survival of many companies in danger.

PARIS, Oct 7 (AFP) - French employers' federation Medef urged the government on Friday to end a strike blockade of the Mediterranean port of Marseille because it was putting the survival of many companies in danger.

Extensive port facilities connected with the Marseille docks have been paralysed by a strike over a proposal to use privatisation to rescue ferry company SNCM which serves the island of Corsica.

The head of the Medef, Laurence Parisot, said on French radio RTL: "There is something very important to say this morning and I am saying it in a very solemn way.

"I am asking the public authorities to do all they can which will result in the unblocking as quickly as possible of operations at the port of Marseille and the port of Bastia."

Bastia is a Corsican port also affected by the dispute.

She said: "The survival of dozens, and possibly hundreds, of companies is at risk and the future of their staff is in danger today."

Parisot said she was receiving calls daily from Medef leaders throughout the country because goods and raw materials had been held up by the dispute.

The port of Marseille was losing business to the ports of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and Valencia and Barcelona in Spain, Parisot said.

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