Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys; Isle of Anglesey
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Water Transport
50 - Water transport

30 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 March 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Ferry operator Stena Line is cutting sailings between Anglesey and Ireland with the loss of up to 30 jobs in the firm's site in Holyhead. Stena Line will gradually reduce fast ferry services between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin, from May.

The Swedish-owned firm blamed increased fuel costs, a decline in tourists and competition from budget airlines. Stena, which employs 250 in Holyhead, said jobs would be lost through natural wastage and a vacancy freeze. Union leaders expressed their "deep concern". A Stena spokesman said it did not expect to make any compulsory redundancies.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union which represents ferry workers, criticised the cuts and warned that they could lead to industrial action.

He said: "Stena have assured us that they have no intention of attacking the terms and conditions of our members and that they hope to avoid redundancies by redeploying staff.

"Those assurances are, of course, welcome and we hope we can secure our members' jobs through constructive dialogue.

"However, we should also make it clear that any suggestions of compulsory redundancies will be resisted, with industrial action if necessary."



Eurofound (2006), Stena Line, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63222, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63222.