1 October 2020
RMT Press Office:
RATINGS UNION RMT today responded to the news that P&O Ferries is making more seafarer redundancies in the UK and cutting the Hull-Zeebrugge route.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“In the summer, P&O Ferries received over £6.6m from the taxpayer on the two Port of Hull routes, including Hull-Zeebrugge. This does not need to happen but P&O’s owners in Dubai have pulled the plug on this vital route with no consultation, threatening jobs, passenger services and the recovery of Hull’s maritime economy.
“We have consistently warned the Government that they need to protect seafarer jobs on international ferry routes from further attacks but they have failed to take action. This must change and all Ratings jobs lost from the closure of the Hull-Zeebrugge route must transfer to the Pride of Rotterdam on the Hull-Rotterdam route.
“Our members must not be denied these jobs by crewing contracts that pay below the national minimum wage.”