11 May 2020
RMT Press Office:
Responding to the news of over 1,000 job losses on P&O’s key routes from Dover and Hull to the continent RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said,
“This is devastating news and an appalling betrayal of the P&O work force.
“ This is a kick in the teeth for P&O seafarers who have maintained key supply lines to the UK during the Covid -19 pandemic.
"What is utterly shameful is P&O have been kept afloat by our members and the taxpayer whilst their owners have been paying out hundreds of millions in dividends in Dubai and cooking up plans to permanently replace UK seafarers with low cost seafarers from thousands of miles away.
"This is an attack on British seafarers, crew and the biggest fear is that these jobs will never return to Dover or Hull. But you can guarantee that P&O ferries will still be running passenger ferry services from those ports to protect their owner’s profits at the country’s expense.
"We are seeking urgent talks with the company and will fight tooth and nail against these job losses and we are calling on the government to step in now and nationalise these services to protect jobs and the UK’s maritime interests,”
Notes to Editors
P&O is seeking redundancy of 614 Ratings on Dover Calais and 122 Seafarer Ratings on Hull-Zeebrugge and Hull Rotterdam routes.
The remainder affected are Officers and shore-side staff on the same routes.