RMT workers protest against P&O Ferries sackings at Cairnryan port

The union said it was 'vital' that its members showed the company that their actions 'will not be tolerated'.

Protestors have gathered at a port in Dumfries and Galloway to demonstrate against P&O Ferries, who sacked nearly 800 employees.

The firm announced widespread redundancies on March 17 and replaced crews with cheaper agency workers without notice, with many employees notified via video call.

Since the announcement, P&O have been prevented from running all but one of it’s vessels. 

However the company announced earlier this week that sailings are set to return for four of its ships this weekend, including between Cairnryan and Larne.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have protested at Cairnryan Port on Friday against the decision to sack hundreds of workers. 

Earlier on Friday, the RMT Glasgow Shipping branch tweeted: “It is vital we show P&O their actions will not be tolerated.”

The protest comes as a former P&O Ferries chef is reportedly suing the company for unfair dismissal, racial discrimination and harassment.

The ferry operator is under criminal investigation over the sacking of nearly 786 seafarers.

The Insolvency Service confirmed it had commenced formal criminal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies.

P&O Ferries chief executive, Peter Hebblethwaite, told a joint hearing of the Commons’ business and transport committees that his company broke the law by not consulting with trade unions before sacking workers.

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