Hundreds of people have demonstrated against the layoff of 800 P&O Ferries workers at ports across the UK, with some chanting: “P&O shame on you.”
Protesters with banners and placards rallied in Dover, Liverpool and Hull as part of what they called the “fight for justice” for seafarers summarily dismissed earlier this month.
The demonstrations took place when the European Causeway, a company vessel, remained imprisoned in Larne, County Antrim, for being ‘unable to sail’.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) promised more protests.
Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “All the protests today were well attended, with hundreds turning out in Liverpool, Hull and Dover to support P&O workers in their fight for justice.”
He said the demonstrations “show that the public is with us on the P&O layoffs.”
Ministers, he added, “must introduce emergency legislation and prevent P&O from sailing with undertrained, heavily exploited agency crews”.
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According to Sky News, two more P&O ships will be inspected next week.
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the European Causeway “was detained due to errors in crew familiarization, ship documentation and crew training.
“The ship will remain in detention until all of these issues are resolved by P&O Ferries. Only then will it be inspected again.”
The MCA said there were no passengers or cargo on board the European Causeway ship when it was arrested.
The detention of ships is based on concerns about their safety and to prevent them from putting to sea.
A spokesman for P&O Ferries said: “The European Causeway has been inspected by the MCA at Larne where she was found not to be sufficiently operational.
“We will review the results, make any necessary changes and continue to work closely with the MCA to bring the ship back into service.”
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) tweeted a video showing P&O dockers in Rotterdam refusing to load cargo onto a ferry bound for Hull “in solidarity with the 800 seafarers illegally made redundant by P&O”.
Union workers gathered at Dublin Port outside the P&O terminal to send support to P&O workers from across the Irish Sea.
Meanwhile, Labor has written Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng asking whether the government will seek the removal of Peter Hebblethwaite, the chief executive of P&O Ferries, as a director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
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