Huge queues at ports after ‘horrifying’ P&O lays off 800 employees and long ferry lines during TEN DAYS

HUGE queues outside UK ports last night after P&O Ferries outages all routes for up to TEN days.

The company was branded “appalling” after abusing 800 crew members on Zoom on Thursday.

Queues spiked outside UK ports for hours on Thursday

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Queues spiked outside UK ports for hours on ThursdayCredit: PA
Buses waiting for check-in at Dover Harbor in Kent

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Buses waiting for check-in at Dover Harbor in KentCredit: PA
P&O was blown'horrified' after laying off 800 employees

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P&O was blown ‘horrified’ after laying off 800 employeesCredit: PA

It said it would cancel service in the “next few days” before confirming the wait could extend to TEN while the company “finds a new team”.

Bosses significantly halted all services early Thursday before 11am bomb blasts.

And the ferry terminals were then plunged into chaos as passengers, workers and truck drivers had nowhere to go.

At Dover, dozens of employees who lost their jobs stood in the streets with banners and flags saying: “Stop the P&O job cuts.”

A truck driver trying to get into port began shouting and beeping at passersby, before being told: “We’re not moving.”

Passengers were kicked off and asked to wait for instructions amid claims they would continue their journey with DFDS and the Irish Ferry.

And Huw Merriman, chairman of the Transportation Select Committee, said: “P&O, the once-famous ocean liner, made a terrible mistake.”

A van driver stranded in Calais, where there was also disruption, described the scene as an “absolute nightmare” and “uninformed”.

Another couple said they were left “tall and dry” after their trip was cancelled.

In addition to operating passenger services, PNO is the main freight forwarder on the Dover to Calais route.

This handles a third of goods trade between the UK and the EU, including large amounts of food.

And among those abandoned were the kind British, unable to deliver aid to Ukraine because they were forced to redirect loads.

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P&O employees were ambushed yesterday morning via Zoom and were given “five minutes to get their things and get off the train.”

Security teams at Balaclavas were then drafted to eliminate P&O personnel – some with as little as five minutes to collect equipment from the sites.

The captain defied Eugene Favier’s refusal to leave the Pride of Hull ferry in protest and barred police and security from boarding.

Other workers blocked roads near Hull and Dover as the queues filled with trucks.

Passengers were kicked off the train, or stopped from boarding, leaving thousands stranded.

P&O, the once great flag carrier of this sea, made a terrible mistake.

Huw MerrimanTransportation Selection Committee

The Pride of Hull mutiny lasted six hours until P&O provided the terms of a crew contingency arrangement – at Mr. Favier’s insistence.

He remained on board while the crew disembarked the Hull-Rotterdam ferry via a covered plank.

Hull East Labor MP Karl Turner said during the dispute: “I was told by Gaz Jackson, the RMT official who was on board the ship, that he was effectively locked in to the crew.

“As far as I understand it in maritime law, even though the ship is in port, the master has the right to refuse any person on board his ship.”

Meanwhile, RMT boss Mick Lynch called the layoffs “one of the most shameful acts in the history of British industrial relations”.

No10 was given no warning, and the Prime Minister’s spokesman said the cuts were “completely unacceptable”.

And a P&O worker slammed the Dubai-owned company for “stabbing us in the back”.

The father of two, in his 20s, said of his video call: “I had to hang up.

“They claim that the company is operating at a loss of £100m but DP World who run it from Dubai is thriving.

“What they want is British seafarers to leave because they find us too expensive.

“New foreign workers are already on board. And I have nothing against them. But apparently the company had this plan behind our back for a long time. It’s not fair.

“We should have been notified. Not half an hour. ”

P&O is replacing highly-skilled workers with cheaper workers, with dealership employee vans already on the ferry.

Bosses claim they need to hire cheaper workers to instead put a £100m black hole in the business.

A worker, 54, who has worked in the ferry’s engine room since the 1980s, said in Dover: “This is not the way to treat people.

“I’ve seen convoys of dealership staff waiting in the parking lot at Hythe services in Kent, just waiting to get off.”

Another worker, in her 20s, said the replacement was on her ship before the employee was fired.

“For P&O, we are just a number,” she said. They do not care.”

Ads for the positions of engineers and boatmen with “UK work permits” ran in Latvia and Poland yesterday. The agency’s crew, believed to be from Colombia, were earlier seen in boiler suits heading towards the dock.

P&O confirmed all 800 employees will be cut effective immediately.

The company said the crew would be offered booster packages to make up for the “lack of advance notice” and revealed that the business was “not viable” in the current state.

The queue of trucks lined up outside the dover this afternoon

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The queue of trucks lined up outside the dover this afternoonCredit: AFP
Truck drivers have to wait in line for hours

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Truck drivers have to wait in line for hoursCredit: AFP
Some workers protest in Dover

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Some workers protest in DoverCredit: Gary Stone
They block the road after participating in the RMT . rally

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They block the road after participating in the RMT . rallyCredit: Gary Stone
The crew received notice of resignation this morning

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The crew received notice of resignation this morningCredit: PA
Police monitor protesters on the road leading to the Port of Dover

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Police monitor protesters on the road leading to the Port of DoverCredit: UkNewsinPictures
A defiant crew member raises his fist after a mass collision

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A defiant crew member raises his fist after a mass collisionCredit: Pacemaker
Employees are supposed to have only five minutes to pack their belongings

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Employees are supposed to have only five minutes to pack their belongingsCredit: Pacemaker
Captain Eugene Favier drew a gangbridge on his ship

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Captain Eugene Favier drew a gangbridge on his ship

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