Stormont standing Idly By while 800 P&O workers are Fired by Video and Replaced with £1.81 an Hour Workers. – Mullen
Responding to the firing of 800 P&O Ferry workers over video call, Aontú Deputy Leader & Candidate for Fermanagh South Tyrone, Cllr Denise Mullen has called the decision disgraceful, particularly as now £1.81 per hour Seafarers are being brought into replace the fired workers.
Cllr Mullen: “Last Thursday, 800 P&O Ferry workers – many of whom had been there years, were fired and told that would be their last day of employment. This is a company whose profits for 2021 were reported to exceed $1.16 billion.
In one fell swoop, they sacked hundreds of loyal employees in the midst of a cost of living crisis with ‘agency workers’ on slave wages. The RMT has stated that the Indian seafarers contracted to replace P&O employees are being paid an exploitative £1.81 per hour. It is hard to say this is anything less than labour exploitation.
These 800 employees all have family relying on them, and now found themselves with no employment – whilst bills and the very cost of existence continues to spiral. All P&O employees from the North must be supported by Stormont, and an investigation commissioned into P&O’s handling of labour malpractices. We need more than expressions of solidarity with these employees. Stormont must bury its dysfunction and ensure that the necessary workers protections are in place now. It is time now to hold P&O to account.”