Peter Hebblethwaite, chief executive of P&O, told Cruise & Ferry magazine that “only the fittest survive and we needed to get fitter” after initially cutting 1,100 jobs last May in response to Covid
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The millionaire boss of the disgraced P&O Ferries declared months earlier that “only the fittest survive”. the cruel dismissal of 800 workersin comments blasted by a union boss.
Managing Director Peter Hebblethwaite made the remark last May after initially cutting 1,100 jobs in response to Covid.
The boss, who lives in a Cotswolds farmhouse on two acres of land, said of the 2021 culling: “Only the fittest survive and we’ve had to get fitter.”
He added, “My priority remains growing our business through our people and our customers.”
He insisted he had “exciting times ahead.”
RMT boss Mick Lynch hit out at his comments, ” P&O workplace massacre ‘ and say they are ‘taking Britain’s employment practices back to the dark ages’.
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He added: “No worker is safe from being kicked from pillar to pillar unless we stand up and fight. The alternative is sheer barbarism.”
On Thursday, in a pre-taped Zoom meeting on site, P&O laid off 800 more of its employees – and then replaced them with cheaper foreign labour. But travelers and tour operators are now threatening boycotts.
And the government faces calls to revoke P&O’s license to operate crossings to France, Holland and Ireland, with Labor forcing an emergency vote in the House of Commons on Monday.
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The shipping union Nautilus International has called on the Transport Secretary to scrap P&O’s UK water licences.
Mr Hebblethwaite, 51, was among the directors who paid £2.6million in 2019 before speaking to Cruise & Ferry magazine last year.
His firm’s parent company is Dubai-based DP World, which is controlled by the government of super-rich Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
DP World had record revenues of more than £8.2 billion last year.
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The annual report even dared to claim: “People are at the center of everything we do.”
Mr Hebblethwaite told Ferry Business magazine last summer that service staff were “extremely important”.
The employees he was referring to now fear their severance payments could be affected if they dare to speak out.
Protests against the redundancies took place in ports across England and Northern Ireland yesterday. A travel agency has stopped booking P&O ferries.
West Midlands’ Sutton Travel tweeted: “Disgraceful way to treat loyal and hardworking staff.”
In Hull, a discharged seaman who had been with the company since leaving school warned: “The new crew doesn’t know the ship.
“God forbid something happened. You would be clueless.”
Labor is demanding the company reinstate staff and suspend all government contracts with DP World.
The party claims P&O Ferries has received £38.3m in contracts since December 2018.
Last night the first P&O ferry since the redundancies was due to set sail between Liverpool and Dublin with its new crew.
P&O said the redundancies were necessary to protect its remaining 2,200 staff after losses of £100m over two years.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/jobs/pos-millionaire-chief-slammed-over-26509762 P&O's millionaire boss lashed out after 1,100 layoffs over the jibe "only the fittest survive".