P&O Ferries fires new agency workers for drinking on the job

P&O Ferries has dismissed seven of its new company staff for ingesting whereas on responsibility.

The employees members – who had been a part of the brand new company crew P&O was utilizing after sacking 800 of its staff with quick impact in March – had been discovered to have damaged firm guidelines on alcohol consumption.

An organization consultant stated: “We are able to affirm that seven agency-employed seafarers who returned from shore had been discovered to be in breach of our strict tips on alcohol consumption and have been dismissed with quick impact.

“The protection of our passengers and crew is our foremost precedence and we proceed to function a zero tolerance coverage in direction of ingesting while on responsibility.”

Lots of the P&O staff sacked in March had been knowledgeable over a pre-recorded video message.

The brand new employees had been introduced in to assist the corporate function extra cost-effectively, however a number of of P&O’s ferries at Dover have been unable to run in latest weeks because of inspections and security issues.

The Maritime and Coastguard Company (MCA) confirmed that the Delight of Kent is being held on the Port of Dover after enterprise a security inspection, whereas the European Highlander is being held within the Northern Eire port of Larne.

A complete of eight P&O Ferries vessels are being examined by the MCA by the Port State Management regime.

After the company staff had been drafted in, the boss of the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) Union Mick Lynch expressed issues about security, telling the BBC’s At this time programme: “We don’t imagine it’s secure to deliver a crew that’s by no means even seen the vessels and get them to run them a couple of days after they’ve been launched to them.”

Protests in opposition to P&O’s dismissal of tons of of staff had been held once more on Tuesday in Dover, beginning on the RMT Union headquarters.

Staff and allies chanted, “Sack the board” and, “They are saying low pay we are saying no means” as they marched by the city.

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