25 March 2022
RMT Press Office
RMT statement after officials met with P&O this afternoon to discuss the company’s illegal sacking of 800 seafarers on 17th March 2022
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“From the outset the full obnoxiousness and hostility of the company towards their staff and the RMT was on display.
“P&O were not prepared to listen to any scenario or develop any idea that would provide a means to create a solution to the current disastrous situation.
“The meeting broke up inside 20 minutes as P&O were simply unprepared to change their course from the illegal dismissal of 800 seafarers.
“RMT will continue to press the government for an immediate intervention by whatever means necessary to make P&O perform a U-turn and get our members reinstated, as per Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ statement on BBC this morning.
“We also call on the entire labour movement, the public, the freight & logistics sector and the political community to support an immediate and total boycott of all P&O services.
“The people of the UK need to pull P&O to account and make sure that the law in the workplace is upheld, that British workers can have job security and decent pay, and that P&O workers get workplace justice.”