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After more than fifteen years of crossings, Xavier

, bartender at Brittany Ferries, says he’s preparing to change jobs. “I will let the three years pass when we are promised partial unemployment and, then, I will make a choice”, he confides, reassembled in the face of the versatility set up by the company as part of the Vital plan. A recovery plan intended to improve the productivity of the Roscovite shipping company, confirms Jean-Marc Roué. “But we do not intend to leave people in difficulty”, underlines the president of the management board, in front of the discontent.

In one year, the shipping company recorded 135 non-renewed departures, according to the CFDT crews, the majority union. Retirement for the most part, but also professional inaptitude and about sixty resignations. For Jean-Marc Roué, it is to forget a little quickly the volume of tenures practiced before the beginning of the health crisis. “Fortunately, after 18 months of crisis, Brittany Ferries did not continue to establish people to replace employees on short-time work”, he insists.

“It was about avoiding bankruptcy”

Presented to the employees of the company a year ago, the savings plan of € 18 million evoked an overstaffing in the company. The projections for 2024 show, according to the union, 270 unreplaced jobs, including part of retirements, out of a workforce of nearly 1,800 permanent contracts in France.

The long-term partial activity scheme has, for the moment, covered the overstaffing. But, for the chairman of the management board, it was up to the company to demonstrate that it was able to save money to repay the debt of € 180 million. “It was a question of avoiding bankruptcy,” insists Jean-Marc Roué, recalling the aid measures of € 61 million granted by the State and the Region after the green light from Brussels. Aid that does not erase the debt, linked to the loan guaranteed by the State, of 117 M €, and repayable advances from the Brittany and Normandy regions, for a total of 65 M € and a loan of 5 M € of BPI (Public Investment Bank). It will take more than three years for the company to pay it off.

Increase productivity

For Jean-Christophe Glidic, secretary of the social and economic committee of Brittany Ferries, the non-renewal of departures is first and foremost the consequence of the Vital plan, consisting, in particular, in a “reorganization of the crew’s posts and a rationalization of time. of work. “

“I was very clear from the start by indicating that there was a need to increase productivity to cope with the Covid debt, to be repaid in record time, and that natural departures would not be systematically replaced”, retorts Jean-Marc Roué, reaffirming the company’s desire to increase the productivity of its new boats. Galicia in the lead, “designed for 20% fewer staff and 20% more passengers,” said the CFDT. “Obviously we have ordered boats that are more productive, this is nothing new,” defends Jean-Marc Roué, confident with regard to the level of reservations for the summer.

* First name changed.

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