THE FERRY company P&O announced last week that it wants to sack more than 600 workers on its Dover to Calais route. The news has sent waves of shock and anger through the workforce. Many only knew of the plan through reports in the media.
P&O says its passenger numbers dropped by 10 percent on its short services last year. But the company still made £13.7 million in profits. P&O wants to sacrifice workers for its 'restructuring' programme. Workers at P&O and other ferry companies have suffered 15 years of job cuts and worsening conditions since the defeat of the P&O seafarers' strike in 1988.
Now P&O is back for more punishment. The workers' RMT union has a chance to stop the rot.