10 December 2020
RMT Press Office:
SEAFARERS Union RMT today registered concern over the potential impact on local jobs and the taxpayer after P&O Ferries moved the out of service Pride of York roll-on roll-off ferry from mooring in Hull to Rotterdam.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The Pride of York and its crew kept freight, passengers and cars moving between Hull and the Low Countries for nearly thirty years, including during the pandemic when the taxpayer kept the critical route to Zeebrugge open. P&O could deploy the Pride of York from Rotterdam as part of the Freight Capacity Framework Agreement to 2024, but the Government has not placed any requirements for UK crew to deliver those taxpayer funded services.
“This is a sad day for UK seafarers and a measure of how P&O’s owners and other shipping companies have got us all over a barrel. The Government needs to wake up to this fact, and fast.”