23 March 2022
RMT Press Office:
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
“Under pressure from Keir Starmer, the Prime Minister said today that P&O Ferries had broken the law by falling to give the government adequate notice of the redundancies – he has in effect called P&O Ferries liars as the company said earlier today they have not broken the law.
“But while the PM said they are taking P&O to court in the same breath he refused Keir Starmer’s demand of economic sanctions against P&O owners, DP world, to enforce the reinstatement of P&O workers. It is DP world that have given the instructions to makes the mass sackings and break the law, so it is appalling that the government is scared to take action against DP World.
“Of course P&O need to be taken to court but that by itself won’t get our members’ jobs back. We need emergency action and legislation if necessary to enforce the reinstatement of our members.