P&O Ferries boss 'incredibly sorry' for impact of sackings

P&O Ferries boss 'incredibly sorry' for impact of sackings

May 26, 2022 by BBC

Key Facts

  • Media caption, P&O boss Peter Hebblethwaite spoke to the BBC's Transport Correspondent Katy Austin The boss of P&O Ferries has said he is "incredibly sorry" for the impact felt by hundreds of staff who were recently sacked by the company without notice.
  • However, the P&O Ferries boss insisted the move was "the route we only deemed possible for us to take", and part of "a difficult decision and repositioning for a better future".
  • Mr Hebblethwaite denied the decision to sack staff meant the firm was taking part in a race to the bottom on pay and standards, saying P&O needed to modernise and become competitive.
  • When pushed on how he justified ignoring the legal requirement to consult staff in advance of redundancy, and on the details of how and when the decision was made on how staff were to be sacked, the P&O Ferries boss declined to comment due to an ongoing investigation by the insolvency service.

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