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P&O Ferries’ new agency crew ‘are paid just £2.60 an hour’ as devastated ex-employees blast ‘money-hungry’ mass layoffs

NEW agency crew hired by P&O Ferries could reportedly be paid as little as £2.60 an hour to replace old staff.

Workers from Eastern Europe were reportedly conscripted to plug a £100m hole in firms afterwards P&O sensationally cut 800 workers on Thursday to make way for cheaper staff.

Workers are seen at the stern of the P&O ferry Spirit of Britain as it remains moored at Dover Cruise Terminal in Kent

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Workers are seen at the stern of the P&O ferry Spirit of Britain as it remains moored at Dover Cruise Terminal in KentPhoto credit: LNP

A former employee called the move a “money-seeking treason,” while union bosses likened the new pay packages to modern-day slave labor.

Former employees have also claimed that their successors are already being accommodated in their cubicles – still filled with their personal belongings.

live in yorkshire has reported that a new crew is rumored to be paid just £2.60 an hour.

And Billy Jones, Humber Shipping branch secretary for the RMT, said P&O had turned its ships into “modern day slave ships”.

A 59-year-old man who worked for the company for 23 years described the mass layoffs as “money stealing and total betrayal”.

The unnamed employee told MailOnline Cheap staff were hired at wages of £2-3 an hour to replace British seamen whose hourly rates can be as high as £28.

He added that employers could use imported labor to circumvent national insurance and pension obligations, making it impossible for British seafarers to compete for jobs.

According to the publication, International Ferry Management, a Maltese company that will be responsible for new crews on P&O Ferries ships, was formed just four weeks ago.

And today, safety concerns were raised that new crews were “unfamiliar” with both ships and the routes they would take.

Mark Dickinson, general secretary of the Nautilus International union, described an “extremely worrying situation”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are serious safety concerns which is why the company cannot reintroduce the services with the lower paid agency crew they recruited through this company called International Ferry Management of Malta.”

P&O Employees were ambushed via Zoom yesterday morning and reportedly only “five minutes to get her things and disembark”.

Security teams in balaclavas were then pulled in to remove P&O staff – some were given just five minutes to retrieve gear from quarters.

defiant captain Eugene Favier refused to leave his ferry Pride of Hull in protest and barred police and security personnel from boarding.

Other workers blocked roads near Hull and Dover while queues of trucks formed.

Passengers were taken off ships or prevented from boarding, leaving thousands stranded.

No10 said no advance warning had been given and the Prime Minister’s spokesman said the cuts were “completely unacceptable”.

A worker at the stern of a P&O ferry at Dover

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A worker at the stern of a P&O ferry at DoverPhoto credit: LNP
Concerns have been raised about the shock hiring and firing

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Concerns have been raised about the shock hiring and firingPhoto credit: AFP
Fired employees blocked roads after taking part in the RMT demonstration

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Fired employees blocked roads after taking part in the RMT demonstrationCredit: Gary Stone
Severance pay was delivered to the crew this morning

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Severance pay was delivered to the crew this morningCredit: PA
Police watch protesters on the road leading to Dover Port

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Police watch protesters on the road leading to Dover PortPhoto credit: UkNewsinPictures
A defiant crew member raises his fist after the mass cleaving

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A defiant crew member raises his fist after the mass cleavingCredit: Pacemaker

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