According to reports this morning, P&O Ferries have made all 800 staff redundant. ITV News has reported that all staff have been made redundant with immediate effect.
The cruise company are instead going to rely on agency staff, and have said current staff can apply for agency work with the company.
The new hits as earlier today P&O Ferries suspended all services in a now-deleted tweet. The popular company run trips from Hull and other coastal routes around the UK.
The company warned of major travel disruption due to the ongoing issue. It said, teams on the ground will be arranging travel by other operators.
Queues have already started to form, with motorist voicing their concerns and frustrations at ports in Hull, Teesport, Liverpool and Dover.
According to the BBC, Gary Jackson, a full-time officer onboard the Pride of Hull said they were told via a pre-recorded Zoom message at 11am and hadn’t received anything in writing from the company.
Earlier today a statement my Hull Labour MP Karl Turner read that the move today will “secure the long-term viability of P&O Ferries”.
The statement added: “To facilitate this announcement all our vessels have been asked to discharge their passengers and cargo and standby for further instructions.”
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