P&O Ferries has suspended all companies and ordered its ships again to port forward of an announcement on the corporate’s future, sparking disruption on busy cross-Channel routes linking the UK and France.
The ferry firm was directing passengers and freight to rival companies on Thursday, however stated in a press release: “P&O Ferries shouldn’t be going into liquidation.”
The RMT union stated it had instructed crew to remain on board the ferries and was involved that British crew might be changed by “overseas labour”.
The corporate stated: “We’ve requested all ships to return alongside, in preparation for an organization announcement. Till then, companies from P&O is not going to be working and we’re advising travellers of other preparations.”
In a message to workers seen by the Monetary Instances the ferry operator stated companies had been suspended forward of an announcement from its proprietor, DP World, “which can safe the long-term viability of P&O Ferries”.
The announcement involved the corporate’s future construction, based on an individual acquainted with the matter. A second individual stated that the assertion was anticipated to be about jobs.
P&O Ferries operates on the busy passenger and freight Dover to Calais route, in addition to companies between the British mainland and Eire, Northern Eire and Holland.
Passengers at Dover and Calais with bookings on Thursday morning sailings have been being informed to move to rival DFDS to journey.
DP World, a Dubai-based container and logistics group, purchased P&O Ferries for £322mn in 2019, and fired 1,100 employees in spring 2020 because the coronavirus pandemic struck.
The corporate confronted criticism from unions and politicians within the UK for pushing forward with a deliberate $330mn dividend payout because it laid off workers and took authorities funding to maintain freight companies working.