Boris Johnson backs calls for shameless P&O boss to quit over illegal layoffs

C&O chief Peter Hebblethwaite has been ordered to throw his hook and walk the plank (you plank) over his firm’s illegal layoffs of 800 employees – while Grant Shapps suggested he could change the law to reinstate slacked ferry workers

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Boris Johnson backed the growing calls for tonight shameless P&O boss Peter Hebblethwaite dismount

Asked if the Prime Minister thought the CEO should quit after admitting he knew his culling of 800 employees was illegal, No10 replied: “Yes.”

and Grant Shapps accused Mr Hebblethwaite of showing “incredible arrogance” in his “brazen” breach of the law. The Minister for Transport said: “I think he should go.”

Grant Shapps tonight called on P&O CEO Peter Hebblethwaite to resign over his scandalous admission that the company knew it was breaking the law when it laid off 800 employees.

and Boris Johnson backed growing calls for the Fatcat CEO to resign after the seafarers were laid off and replaced with agency workers earning less than half the minimum wage.

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Peter Hebblethwaite makes his shameful admission



It came as union bosses accused P&O bosses of acting obnoxious when final talks broke down after just 20 minutes.

Mr Shapps also suggested a change in the law could force P&O to reinstate the crew.

But the transport minister’s demands came just months after he praised the chief owner of P&O Ferries in Dubai, DP World, it emerged today.

The P&O boss’s £1.5million home in the Cotswolds

Asked about Mr Hebblethwaite’s admission that the mass slaughter was unlawful, Mr Shapps said: “I found what the head of P&O said about knowingly breaking the law to be bold and breathtaking and showed incredible arrogance. I can’t believe he can stay in this role. I think he should go.”

No10 was asked if Mr Johnson supports calls for Mr Hebblethwaite to be given £325,000 a year to be fired and replied: “Yes.”

Boris Johnson’s Tories knew about the sackings before they happened



Passengers were urged to boycott P&O tonight after the CEO appeared before a parliamentary committee, where he told MPs: “There is absolutely no doubt that we were obliged to consult the union. We have decided not to do that.”

Mr Hebblethwaite, who lives in a £1.5million home in the Cotswolds, also refused to turn down a bonus, claiming he was breaking the law again and saying it was necessary to bail out the firm. The union RMT said in discussions with the ferry company, the bosses showed “obnoxious and hostile”.

Grant Shapps MP is Secretary of State for Transport


James Maloney/Lanc’s Live)

Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “P&O was unwilling to listen to any scenario or develop an idea that would provide a solution to the current catastrophic situation. RMT will continue to urge the government to intervene immediately to persuade P&O to turn around and reinstate our members.

“We call on the labor movement, the public, the freight and logistics sectors and politicians to support a total boycott of all P&O services.” P&O insisted it approached the RMT and Nautilis talks with “nothing but professionalism”. may be.

Peter Hebblethwaite, Managing Director of P&O Ferries



It added: “We conducted the meeting in good faith to suggest anything else is totally wrong.”

Mr Shapps claimed ministers were planning to amend the law to ensure firms working from UK ports pay minimum wage after Mr Hebblethwaite admitted some of the replacement workers were being paid just £5.15 an hour.

He said: “P&O needs to rehire the people with the right salaries.”

The Norbank P&O ferry boat leaves Liverpool on a misty River Mersey en route to Dublin


Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

No10 has asked the bankruptcy service to investigate whether the CEO and others have breached company law. A deadline of April 8 was set to report. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said P&O’s layoff crisis was a “watershed moment” for the UK shipping industry and workers’ rights.

She said: “The owner of P&O must be granted pariah status and lose all of its government shipping and freeport contracts effective immediately until workers are reinstated.”

P&O has insisted on laying off the 800 workers to ensure the company remains viable.

Without the drastic measures, the company would close “with the loss of 3,000 jobs”.

Mr Shapps met DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem at the EXPO event in Dubai in November. Minutes of the meeting showed that the company boss expressed concerns about a “low-cost competitor to Irish Ferries”.

Mr Shapps told him he was aware of the issues and said: “I appreciate everything you have done to support P&O.”

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