P&O Ferries UK lay off more than 1/4 of its crew

   May 11, 2020 ,   Accidents

P&O Ferries UK announced plans to make ~1100 of its staff redundant. The Dover England-based ferry company said the reduced number of ships and downturn in business had forced the decision to lay off employees. According to a spokesperson for P&O, "right-sizing" the business was “a necessary step to create a viable and sustainable P&O Ferries.”

P&O Ferries owners (the Dubai-based DP World) had previously stated the business needed GBP 257 million in aid to avoid collapse. The spokesperson also added that since the beginning of the COVID crisis, P&O Ferries had been working with its stakeholders “to address the impact of the loss of the passenger business.”

Due to the reduced number of ferries, P&O started consultation proceedings with a proposal to make nearly 1100 of its personnel redundant.