Save P&O Jobs - Save Britain's Ferries

Save P&O Jobs - Save Britain's Ferries

P&O Ferries all out assault on British Seafarers and Trade Unions

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17th March 2022

  • DP World and P&O have informed 800 UK seafarers at P&O Ferries via Zoom that they are sacked. For 600 Ratings and 200 Officers today is their last day of work.
  • No prior notice or consultation to trade unions RMT (Ratings) or Nautilus (Officers).
  • Replacement crews have been transported to all affected locations with largely foreign crews recruited by Clyde Marine and other crewing agencies.
  • Security firm Interforce has been contracted to provide ‘handcuff trained’ private security guards to take our members of the P&O fleet.
  • Under the Trade Union & Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA). The Secretary of State should have received notification of these redundancies from P&O Ferries. We have written to Ministers to confirm that they did not receive this notification.
  • RMT is seeking support from all political parties and the wider trade union movement in fighting this shocking assault.
  • P&O made 600 UK seafarer redundancies during the pandemic. Whilst we completely opposed this, the full redundancy process required under UK law was observed by P&O Ferries and DP World.
  • DP World, posted a profit of $1.3 billion last year, up 19% on the previous year and paid a dividend of $275 million to its owner, the state owned Dubai World company. 
  • DP World has significant interests in the UK Government’s Freeports policy, as operator of London Gateway in the Thames Freeport and a container terminal in Southampton in the Solent Freeport.
  • Trade unions are illegal in Dubai.
  • In June last year, Irish Ferries began operating on the Dover-Calais route with crew not covered by a trade union agreement and Ratings paid below the NMW. 

We are asking all MPs to contact the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps to intervene and write to Peter Hebblethwaite CEO of P&O Ferries peterhebblethwaite@poferries.com and DP World Abdulla Bin Damithan CEO & Managing Director DP World abdulla.bindamithan@dpworld.com to demand that they stop this attack on the jobs and livelihoods of 800 British Seafarers who worked throughout the pandemic to save the company from liquidation. 

The taxpayer supported P&O Ferries with a £13.2m pot and provided support through the initial furlough scheme.

P&O Fleet under attack

Vessel

Route

Ratings crew

Register

Pride of Kent

Dover-Calais

85

Cyprus

Spirit of Britain

Dover-Calais

130

Cyprus

Spirit of France

Dover-Calais

140

Cyprus

Pride of Canterbury

Dover-Calais (freight only)

35

Cyprus

Pride of Hull

Hull-Rotterdam

98

Bahamas

European Causeway

Cairnyan-Larne

85

Bahamas

European Highlander

Cairnyan-Larne

70

Bahamas

Norbank

Liverpool-Dublin

25

Dutch

Norbay

Liverpool-Dublin

25

Bermuda

 

 

 

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