A DEMONSTRATION will take place TODAY (Friday 18 March 2022) at 12.00 midday at Hull King George Dock to protest at the decision of P&O Ferries to dismiss 800 workers instantly by Zoom, and replace them with cheaper agency workers. Workers from across the region and the local area who formerly worked at the company have been affected by this decision.
P&O Ferries has claimed the move is part of “a programme of work to become a more competitive and efficient operator, providing a better service to our customers across the tourism and freight industries.”
However, in a media statement, RMT trade union general secretary Mick Lynch said that private security staff were used in other areas to intimidate workers. He said that it was an “example of gangster capitalism which our members in P&O have been subjected to,” he warned, “this is what lies ahead for other workers up and down the country if we do not all take a stand.”
Nautilus, the maritime professionals union’s executive officer Martyn Gray, said on the union’s website: “We are exploring whether P&O Ferries has acted illegally by laying off crew with immediate effect. We are here to help our members every step of the way and will get answers to members as soon as we possibly can.”
Both RMT and Nautilus say they are questioning the legality of the company’s actions in making crews redundant with immediate effect, without notice and without consultation.
Both trade unions are supporting the demonstration today in Hull today as is the TUC (Trades Union Congress). Protests are also being held in Dover and Liverpool too. Workers from other industries and communities are asked to show support.
DEMONSTRATION TODAY: Friday 18 March 2022 12. 00 midday – King George Dock, Hull HU9 5PR.