RMT kick off week of action ahead of P&O scandal anniversary

RMT kick off week of action ahead of P&O scandal anniversary

13 March 2023

RMT Press Office:

Maritime union, RMT will launch a week of action on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the P&O Ferries scandal last year.

786 UK seafarers lost their jobs in an unprecedented and unlawful move, by DP World who own P&O Ferries on March 17 2022.
Staff were informed via Teams they had lost their jobs, escorted off ships by masked security guards wielding handcuffs and immediately replaced with international agency crew.
The disgraceful move has not led to any punishment for the company and in fact the government has rushed through legislation to permit the use of agency workers to break strikes and remove workers’ right to strike through minimum service levels.
Ahead of the demonstration and rally at Parliament tomorrow, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "It is a national disgrace that the government has taken no concrete action to punish this rogue company DP World for unlawfully sacking 786 seafarers last year.
"By making it harder to take industrial action with minimum service legislation the government is going to make it hard to resolve disputes and to repair industrial relations across the transport and offshore sectors.
"As a maritime trade union, RMT will continue to campaign for stronger seafarers’ rights through fair pay agreements, revoking P&O Ferries’ Royal Charter, banning DP World from Freeport tax reliefs, ending discrimination at sea and the scrapping of anti-trade union laws."
Notes: Tuesday 14th March – 1300 demonstration and photo opportunity outside Parliament (Old Palace Yard – finished by 1320); followed by a Rally in Parliament, 2pm Lords Committee Room 1.  Speakers: Louise Haigh MP (Shadow Transport Secretary), Mick Lynch (RMT GS), Kate Bell (TUC AGS), Darren Procter (RMT NS) and Martyn Gray (Nautilus, EO). Chair: Ian Mearns MP (Lab, Gateshead).

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