Future of Irish P&O routes hangs after ferry carrying giant sacks 800 employees With immediate effect

Hundreds of Irish P&O passengers have had their flights cancelled, with the future of Irish routes now uncertain after the shipping giant laid off 800 workers and replaced them with cheaper agency staff.

&O operates two passenger and cargo routes from Ireland, from Dublin Port to Liverpool and from Larne in Antrim to Cairnryan in Scotland.

However, the UK-based company yesterday unexpectedly suspended all services ‘for the next few days’ as it announced it would lay off 800 rowing staff to cut costs.

A P&O Ferries spokesperson said: “P&O Ferries services may not be available for the next few days. We are advising travelers on alternative arrangements. ”

Referring to the Dubin-Liverpool route, the spokesperson said: “Our services are currently unavailable. All affected customers will be contacted by our port team.”

It is reported that the Government has now contacted P&O Ferries to find out exactly what impact the routes will have to Ireland.

Department of Transport told Irish independence it is “closely monitoring” the situation in Ireland in relation to Irish employees.

The spokesman said Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan and Secretary of State Hildegarde Naughton, as well as department officials, were “aware of” the suspension of P&O Ferry services and the subsequent 800 jobs. .

“We understand from the company’s public statement that its 800 seafaring employees will be cut off immediately.

“The department has contacted P&O but has not received details on the situation.

“Until those details are released, it is not possible to comment on the likely impact of these decisions on P&O’s operations in Ireland or on Irish employees or seafarers who may be affected. based in Ireland.

“The shipping industry in the past, especially through Covid and Brexit, has demonstrated the ability to be flexible and react quickly in any situation that may arise.

“It is expected that if services on the Dublin/Liverpool route are affected, the shipping sector will respond quickly and comprehensively to changes in demand from the market.

“The department is closely monitoring the situation and assessing any potential impact.”

Unions threatened legal action against P&O last night.

The move sparked outrage from British politicians, while many workers refused to leave the ship, leading to the startling sight of security personnel with handcuffs deployed to remove them.

The ferry operator, which was acquired by Dubai-based logistics giant DP World in 2019, insists the decision to cut jobs is “very difficult but necessary” as it is “not a viable business” in its current state.

UK Railways, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union secretary general, Mick Lynch said: “We are seeking urgent regulatory action and again call on the government to act to prevent it. blocking what is rapidly turning into one of the most shameful acts in history. British industrial relations. ”

It is understood that news of the redundancy was communicated to employees by the company via video link.

A spokesperson for P&O Ferries said: “In its current state, P&O Ferries is not a viable business. We lost £100 million (€118 million) last year, which was covered by our mother DP World.

“This is unsustainable. Our survival depends on making rapid and significant changes now. Without these changes, there is no future for P&O Ferries.

“These situations have led to a very difficult but necessary decision, made only after seriously considering all available options.

“As part of the process we are starting today, we are providing 800 seafarers with immediate notice of termination and will compensate them for this lack of prior notice with compensation packages. Advanced.

“In making this difficult decision, we are ensuring the future viability of our business employing an additional 2,200 people and supporting billions of dollars of trade in and out of the UK. And we’re making sure we can continue to serve our customers the way they’ve asked of us for years. ”

The Irish independence asked P&O Ferries about the jobs and passengers in Ireland affected, but the company did not respond.

The Department for Transport said that P&O is currently operating on the Dublin-Liverpool route, mainly transporting unaccompanied goods.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/future-of-irish-p-and-o-routes-hangs-in-the-balance-after-ferry-giant-sacks-800-staff-with-immediate-effect-41459770.html Future of Irish P&O routes hangs after ferry carrying giant sacks 800 employees With immediate effect

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