6 March 2023
RMT Press Office
On the 36th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster which took the lives of 193 crew and passengers in waters off Zeebrugge on 6th March 1987, RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said:
“We once again pay tribute to the memory of the crew and passengers who died in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and extend our condolences to the community in Dover who were so badly affected by this avoidable tragedy.
“This union will re-double its resolve to support high maritime safety standards for all seafarers and passengers using Channel ferry services, despite P&O’s efforts to speed up the race to the bottom by sacking all its British seafarers just over a year ago.
"This has had a demonstrable adverse effect – as witnessed by the amount of inspections and subsequent defects and shortcomings found – on safety.”