FILLING OF PETTY OFFICER POSITIONS, PRIDE OF BURGUNDY - P&O FERRIES DOVER

Our Ref: SH/13/2
5th July 2021


Dear Colleagues

FILLING OF PETTY OFFICER POSITIONS, PRIDE OF BURGUNDY - P&O FERRIES (DOVER)

I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that I have received a report from the Lead Officer advising that P&O Ferries are refusing to enter into a constructive dialogue with your union with regards to the filling of Petty Officer positions on the Pride of Burgundy.

P&O has refused to allow the volunteers to transfer to the Pride of Burgundy. The Port Committee raised this issue with management in Dover; however, they did not receive a response. Your union believes that this is in direct contravention of our collective agreement with the company.

In line with the wishes of the National Executive Committee, I have advised P&O Ferries that a dispute situation exists between our organisations. I have asked the company for meaningful talks and I hope that they take this opportunity to resolve the matter before it is escalated to a ballot.

I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.

Yours sincerely


Michael Lynch
General Secretary