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Wednesday 24 August 2022

A company you might want to avoid when you travel

Travelling to Europe? P&O Ferries is a company that you might want to avoid.

You might recall P&O Ferries attracting widespread opprobrium for abruptly sacking 800 union workers earlier this year.

The company laid off the workers without notice and replaced them with low-wage agency staff. The move caused outrage from British trade unions and the public.

But this being chaotic post-Brexit Britain, no action will be taken against the company even though it admitted it had broken labour laws.

After being ordered to investigate, the Insolvency Service now says there is "no realistic prospect of a conviction", Travel Mole reported.

The news comes as P&O Ferries’ parent DP World - an Emirati multinational logistics company based in Dubai - posted record profits.

The decision outraged union Nautilus International.

“This is a deeply disappointing decision and will be met with frustration and anger by the seafarers and their families who were so cruelly discarded by P&O Ferries,” general secretary Mark Dickinson said.

“Only one day after P&O Ferries parent company announced record profits, we are further let down by a system that fails to punish apparent criminal corporatism.

“The message is clear, P&O Ferries must be held properly accountable for their disgraceful behaviour.”

P&O operates ferry routes including Dover to Calais, Hull to Rotterdam and Liverpool to Dublin. 

Some travellers might think it worth finding alternatives.

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