17 March 2022
RMT Press Office:
P&O staff and other trades unionists will join demonstrations in Dover, Liverpool, and Hull on Friday, condemning P&O for sacking 800 staff.
The company, which is funded by the Dubai Royal Family, stunned workers in a pre-recorded Zoom call, when they informed staff that they were being dismissed and would be replaced by cheap agency labour from abroad.
When workers rightly refused to simply accept this despotic decision, private security staff with handcuffs, believed to have been hired by the company, began to drag workers off the ships.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "It is vital workers from every industry mobilise for the demonstrations on Friday.
"We need to send a message to ruthless employers and the government alike, that when working people are treated so abysmally, there is a militant response from the trade union movement.
"This example of gangster capitalism which our members in P&O have been subjected, is what lies ahead for other workers up and down the country if we do not all take a stand."
Note for Editors:
The demonstration details are as follows:
Dover:12.00 midday - meet Maritime House Snargate Street, Dover CT17 9BZ
Liverpool: 1.00pm Main Liverpool Port entrance Liverpool L21 1LA
Hull: 12. 00 midday– King George Dock, Hull HU9 5PR