P&O Ferries’ replaced 800 UK staff with ‘£1.82-an-hour foreign agency workers – What We Know!

Labour MP Karl Turner said they were expected to work mammoth 12-hour shifts in some cases

Bosses at P&O Ferries have been accused of hiring £1.82-an-hour international company staff to exchange 800 sacked employees – with a number of the temps residing in tents to save lots of money.

Labour MP Karl Turner stated they had been anticipated to work mammoth 12-hour shifts for eight weeks at a time.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union say they’re incomes lower than the £8.91 minimal wage, with one secretary claiming they acquired as little as £1.82.

And this morning the union representing the a whole lot of sacked employees stated the Dubai-owned firm had ‘imported’ international staff to fill the roles.

RMT Secretary-Normal Mick Lynch stated: ‘They need to face the severest sanctions attainable and if wants be the federal government should use it’s powers which it has used oligarchs later and that is oligarch from Dubia, the sultan of Dubai, that has triggered this to occur and we’ve acquired to see a direct intervention in the present day about what they’ll do

‘These persons are coming over right here racing their horses they’re taking up logistic journey the world over.

Labour MP Karl Turner stated they had been anticipated to work mammoth 12-hour shifts in some circumstances

People protest outside the offices of DP World, who own P&O Ferries, after the company fired hundreds of employees

Individuals protest exterior the workplaces of DP World, who personal P&O Ferries, after the corporate fired a whole lot of staff

The P&O ferry the Pride of Kent moored at the Port of Dover in Kent on Friday last week

The P&O ferry the Delight of Kent moored on the Port of Dover in Kent on Friday final week

‘We predict they’re importing Indian staff, Philippinos and Ukrainans for the time being to work on these vessels. That can’t be acceptable. We can not dismiss our folks to herald different folks on a reduction charge.

‘We had been because of have a gathering with the enterprise on Friday, then on Thursday they sacked all our members.’

Mr Turner stated in an interview yesterday: ‘What P&O has accepted beforehand in conferences with me and the RMT, they’ve stated $2.40 an hour (£1.82).

‘That was solely admitted by them as a result of we acquired some correspondence from the P&O administration a few years in the past which was leaked to the RMT.

‘We produced these paperwork to ministers on the time. It’s grotesquely exploitative.

People protest outside the offices of DP World, who own P&O Ferries in London on Friday

Individuals protest exterior the workplaces of DP World, who personal P&O Ferries in London on Friday

Unions threaten legal action and lawyers suggest workers could bring unfair dismissal claims

Unions threaten authorized motion and attorneys recommend staff might deliver unfair dismissal claims

P&O Ferries disaster: The lowdown

What’s happening?

P&O Ferries has made 800 staff redundant and changed them with cheaper company employees.

Can it try this?

Unions have threatened authorized motion and attorneys urged staff might deliver unfair dismissal claims. Tom Lengthy, accomplice at regulation agency Shakespeare Martineau, stated the transfer ‘seems to contravene the necessities wanted for a traditional mass redundancy’.

Booked a ferry?

P&O Ferries was updating steerage over Twitter each half an hour yesterday. On some routes, together with Dover to Calais, it suggested prospects to point out up as normal and make their technique to check-in cubicles run by ferry firm DFDS. On others, reminiscent of between Larne and Cairnryan, the agency urged prospects solely journey if important.

Different choices?

If you’re travelling within the close to future you possibly can e book on another service. DFDS and Irish Ferries supply routes between Dover and Calais. There are not any direct alternate options for the opposite routes however Stena Line presents companies to Eire and Holland.


The agency has not commented however its phrases and situations say it can refund the ‘complete fare’ of a crossing if ‘we can not ship you in any respect with us or prepare an acceptable different ferry crossing, or if you don’t want to take any different journey supplied by us’.

‘On the Delight of Rotterdam, they work eight weeks on and two weeks off,’ he stated. ‘They do 12-hour shifts with a brief break to eat.

‘They will’t afford to get first rate lodging.

‘They get horrible multioccupancy-type lodging in Hull, fairly often staying in hostels for about £9 an evening.

‘Some have been identified to pitch tents for a fortnight.’

In 2019, P&O Ferries reflagged its ships from Britain and they’re now registered in nations together with Cyprus and The Bahamas.

Downing Avenue condemned the way in which P&O Ferries knowledgeable 800 employees they had been being sacked to get replaced with cheaper company staff.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated maritime minister Robert Courts had raised the difficulty with the corporate’s chief govt.

‘The way in which these staff had been knowledgeable was fully unacceptable,’ the spokesman stated.

‘Clearly the way in which that this was communicated to employees was not proper and we’ve made that clear.

‘Our sympathies are with these hard-working staff affected throughout this difficult time who’ve given years of service to P&O.’

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer branded the corporate’s actions ‘disgusting’.

‘It simply makes my blood boil. It’s a full betrayal of the workforce. It’s simply disgusting,’ he informed BBC Radio Humberside.

‘It is a firm that had furlough throughout the Covid disaster. It’s completely disgusting what they’re making an attempt to do. They mustn’t be allowed to get away with it.

‘I simply want the Authorities had finished what we stated and strengthened employment rights so that they couldn’t do this sort of factor.

‘The Authorities stated it was going to cope with this type of state of affairs. It hasn’t finished it.’