Sacked P&O Ferries Staff Are Supported By Local Trade Unions In Blackpool Protest Today

Representatives of the sacked P&O Ferries staff and Trade Union supporters gathered today (Saturday 19th March) on the Comedy Carpet to stage a  protest following the company’s instant sacking of 800 employees last week. Nearly a quarter of P&O Ferries’ staff were told via a video message on Thursday that it was their final day of employment. They were given no advance notice or prior warning of this immediate sacking.

P&O said it took the difficult decision as a last resort to save the business. But unions have hit out against the dismissal, saying it marked a ‘dark day’ in the shipping industry.

Not only Trade Unions but also many cross-party MPs have described P&O Ferries’ actions as ‘callous’ and ‘disgraceful’.

A Government spokesperson said that this action by P&O Ferries  is being looking at  ‘very closely’ to see if the company broke any laws in firing 800 employees, and replacing them with cheaper agency staff.

Local anti-fracking groups also took the opportunity to make their voices heard.

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