P&O ferry staff face job losses and route closures

Shipping
giant P&O is axeing
1,200 UK
ferry jobs, and closing four ferry routes.

The
company says it is to reduce costs, and the majority of jobs will go at Dover
and Portsmouth.
It is blaming competition from budget airlines and the Eurotunnel train service for a fall in profits.

Union
leaders complained earlier that they had not been consulted about the cuts.

RMT
general secretary Bob Crow said: "We found out that we were being
consulted over the possibility of job cuts when we read about it in the media.
It is no use consulting us after a decision has been taken."

The
union has warned P&O to expect industrial action if there are compulsory
redundancies.

By Mike Berry

 

 

 

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