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UK cancels contract with P&O Ferries

London. In response to the crew separation, the UK government has canceled the contract with P&O Ferries.

Two months after P&O Ferries’ mass layoffs of 800 sailors, with protests across the UK, Boris Johnson’s government announced it was terminating a contract it had with the ferry company.

Of course, government officials have reviewed all documents the company submitted after layoffs, and investigations into possible violations of the employment contract or other laws are also underway.

The UK Home Office issued a brief statement the other day, via Priti Patel’s ministry that said: “The Home Office has terminated its agreement with P&O Ferries on the provision of emergency travel services. Because we are against companies exploiting and undermining workers’ rights.”

However, the ministerial initiative appears to be largely symbolic, after the company and parent company DP World continued to show no second thoughts about its decision and continued with a strategy of hiring low-paid temporary workers.

The government action relates to “contracting P&O Ferries to transport border personnel to northern France in the event of problems in the Channel Tunnel,” with special consideration given only to the Dover service.

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps welcomed the news. Speaking on behalf of the government, following the dismissal, he promised they would review all contracts with P&O Ferries, and also proposed laws requiring crew wages to be paid on ships docked in UK ports at equal levels as in the UK. United kingdom.

Meanwhile, P&O Ferries continues to move forward with its strategy by saying it needs to cut budget costs to stay in business.

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Unions continue to call for boycotts and more government action.

The Navy and Coast Guard subjected each of the company’s ships to a thorough inspection which led to several closures due to safety concerns, as well as a lack of training and equipment familiarity for replacement crews.

On May 30, P&O Ferries finally lifted all requirements for the ninth ferry and re-established cross-channel service to France. Last week, MCA authorized the Pride of Canterbury ferry to sail and yesterday it resumed service on the Dover and Calais route. The company has an additional ferry that has not yet returned to service; The ferry “Spirit of France” will also be subject to an examination by the MCA.

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