DP World, owners of P&O Ferries today announced the mass sacking of ferry workers and their replacement by agency workers.
I have warned that DP World’s mishandling and mistreatment of their employees threatens to cause chaos on Kent roads and harm to the UK economy as a whole.
This is devastating news for the P&O workers who are affected on the Dover route – as well as their families. This is shabby corporate behaviour by Dubai’s DP World and an insult to the decades of loyalty and hard work by Dover’s workforce.
Today’s announcement is also a U-turn on assurances given to me and the RMT Union over the last two years. DP World should rethink their behaviour and reverse this decision.
Not only is this disgraceful and irresponsible corporate behaviour by DP World, their appalling mishandling and mistreatment of their workers now threatens to cause chaos on Kent roads and wider harm to the UK economy as a whole – DP World should be held to account for any disruption.