29 March 2022
RMT Press Office
The Maritime union responds to a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps from P&O CEO Peter Hebblethwaite on his justifications for not being able to rehire 800 sacked staff nearly 2 weeks ago.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The latest letter from Peter Hebblethwaite is a direct challenge to the legal framework and government authority in Britain.
"The diabolical arrogance that is on display by P&O Ferries is equivalent to highway banditry and must be opposed.
"This whole rotten fiasco shows why the government must step in, take over the running of P&O, and reinstate all 800 sacked staff with no loss of pay."
DP World owns 100% of P&O Ferries and its CEO, the UAE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, bragged about the company making a profit of over £1bn in 2021 on social media.