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Mutiny on the Humber! P&O Ferries captain draws up gangplanks and REFUSES to let new staff board in Hull…

 

BY RORY TINGLE, JACOB THORBURN, JESSICA WARRENDAVID O’DORNAN 

Mutiny on the Humber! P&O Ferries captain draws up gangplanks and REFUSES to let new staff board in Hull after bosses sent in heavies with handcuffs, sacked workers over Zoom and left chaos at ports with services cancelled for DAYS

  • Existing staff can apply to the agency for work, in a move branded ‘outrageous’ by furious union leaders
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said his officials were in urgent talks with P&0 Ferries over the situation  
  • Firm operates four routes: Dover to Calais; Hull to Rotterdam; Liverpool to Dublin; and Cairnryan to Larne
  • Owned by DP World – Dubai-based company which reported a £683m profit last year and soaring revenues

A defiant captain of a P&O Ferries boat has locked down his ship and refused to let anyone aboard after the shipping firm was slammed after it told 800 crew members their jobs were going to cheaper agency staff over a Zoom call.

Dutchman Eugene Favier, the captain of The Pride of Hull, sealed himself and his 141-strong crew inside the huge vessel using maritime law just hours after P&O Ferries announced the mass redundancies on Thursday morning.

The seafarer joined the hundreds of sacked P&O Ferries staff who held protests and refused to disembark ships at ports in Dover, Hull and Northern Ireland after the firm was accused of ‘illegally’ hiring heavies with handcuffs to turf them off the boats.

 

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