P&O summoned employees to face-to-face meetings, telling them they would be laid off immediately. Convoys of company employees were already waiting nearby to take the place of the laid-off employees
Provocative P&O crew organized a sit-in ferry after the company laid off 800 employees via Zoom today.
The ferry operator summoned staff to meetings on board, where they were told in a short video that they had placed turn off immediately.
Convoys of dealership staff were waiting nearby to pick up the laid-off employees, some of whom had years of loyal service.
According to the union Nautilus International, several security guards, some of whom are said to be handcuffed and wearing balaclavas, were hired to clear the crew from the ship.
The crew and officers on the P&O Pride of Hull ferry had drawn up plans and refused to budge. The ferry, moored at the city’s King George Dock, normally carries a crew of 141 and is one of Europe’s largest ferries, passing between Hull and the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
Its Dutch captain, Eugene Fabier, has been praised for standing by his crew. The session ends tonight.
The multibillion-pound Dubai-based P&O, owned by Dubai-based DP World, began the day by ordering ships to return to port, canceling transits and sending customers reeling. .
The shipping giant blamed the growing loss, saying: “We lost £100m in the year our parent company, DP World, paid for it. This is not sustainable.”
P&O has cut around 1,000 staff during the pandemic, and is demanding government benefits of nearly £15 million in 2020, including higher payments. However, group revenues at owner DP World rose to £8.1 billion last year, while profits hit £2.9 billion.
Mark Dickinson, head of Nautilus International, called today’s mass layoffs a “betrayal of British workers”.
He added: “It’s not scandalous, because this Dubai-owned company has received millions of pounds in taxpayers’ money during the pandemic.”
Gaz Jackson, RMT organizer for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, said the Hull crew was devastated because he considered P&O’s actions unforgivable. “I’ve seen grown men crying there because they don’t know where they’re going from today,” he added.
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He said it was “very likely” that the new crew “was not a British crew member”. Hull Labor MP Karl Turner said P&O had treated employees with “utter contempt”.
Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh told the Commons: “It’s contempt. Actions of thugs”.
RMT called on the Government to “stop what is rapidly turning into one of the most shameful acts in the history of British industrial relations”.
A woman, who did not wish to be named, with her husband and son lost her job on the Dover ferry overnight. “Even the captains didn’t know what was going on. Then, the image emerged of three trucks carrying foreign workers waiting at ports to receive their jobs.
“They were wearing P&O uniforms – and the staff members have not been informed that they have been released.
“They were told they had five minutes to get their things and get off the train. These people are weekday workers who have been calling these ships home for half a year. ”
The P&O ferry, which carries passengers and freight, operates Dover to Calais, Hull to Rotterdam, Liverpool to Dublin and Cairnryan to Larne. It has 2,200 staff remaining in the UK.
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Tom Long of the law firm Shakespeare Martineau said mass redundancy required a 45-day consultation process. It’s not clear last night whether that happened.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “We are talking to the company to understand the approach they are taking.”
Labor called on the Government to get back the taxpayers’ cash given to the company and to cancel all contracts and licenses with P&O.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/pos-betrayal-brit-workers-29billion-26496951 P&O's betrayal of British workers with a £2.9 billion profit of £800 has become redundant