International haulier disruption as P&O Ferries cuts 800 jobs and suspends services

P&O Ferries has sacked 800 staff with immediate effect after making a £100m loss year-on-year.

The ferry operator apologised for the significant disruption across its services as it made the drastic move, saying there was no future for the business without the job cuts, writes Chris Tindall. 

The RMT union said it was “deeply disturbed” by the development, as well as speculation that P&O was planning to replace the workers with foreign labour.

It urged its members to stay on board vessels after receiving reports that security guards at Dover were attempting to board ships with handcuffs to remove crew.

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