A COUPLE have shared how they were left stranded on dry land today as P&O Ferries canceled their trip and sensationally stroked all the staff.
The company laid off ALL 800 crew members over Zoom and left the British stranded by informing them that all services have been canceled for the “next few days”.
The “treacherous” move sparked a voyage chaos as union leaders urged workers to stage a mutiny and refuse to disembark ships.
Gavin and Jackie Shaw had booked a P&O ferry from Larne in Northern Ireland at 4pm today but were stranded following the company’s mass redundancies.
Mr Shaw told Sky News this afternoon he and his wife had “not heard from P&O” and were being forced to rebook another ferry with rival firm Stena Line for £174.
He said: “We stayed a bit high and dry.
“P&O tried to say that all of their tickets would be honored by Stena Line. I’m afraid that turned out to be wrong.
“Stena Line is not aware of this so-called arrangement. We had to rebook with Stena Line at a cost of £174 which is unfortunate.”
Mr Shaw said he had tried to contact P&O “often” but had not been able to speak to an employee.
He said: “It just rang, hopeless. We were just abandoned. All passengers were simply abandoned.
“We’re not optimistic that we’re going to see our money, to be perfectly honest.”
P&O Employees were ambushed via Zoom this morning and reportedly only “five minutes to get her things and disembark”.
There are now up to 16 “handcuff-trained” agents at Dover who have been muddled in the event of a “backlash” among the defiant staff who remain on board.
Labor MP Dame Diana Johnson claimed the balaclava-wearing private security forces were “taking the British crew off these ships”.
And Boris Johnson’s spokesman blasted the news as “completely unacceptable”.
Passengers with voyages booked today have been advised that their voyage is being offered by alternative ferry companies such as DFDS and Irish Ferries.
People who were planning to board a P&O ferry this morning have also taken to Twitter to express their frustration.
One person wrote: “But who will let us know and when please?
“We were supposed to be on the ferry at 6:30 a.m., have been sitting here since 5:30 a.m. and not a single person explained anything.”
Another put it: “The alternative operator doesn’t know either! Some clarity would be great.”
Another added: “Sit in Calais very angry!”
P&O confirmed all 800 staff will be made redundant with immediate effect in a bid to close a £100million black hole.
The company said the crew will receive upgraded packages to make up for “the lack of advance notice” and revealed that the business is “not viable” in its current state.
But they got slammed Gather employees to let them know their jobs were done on a Zoom call.
Captain Eugene Favier was branded a hero for blocking the police or discourage new employees from boarding his ship in Hull.
Hull MP Karl Turner said the Dutch native was now working under the law of the sea to prevent anyone from boarding – and confirmed there was enough food on board to last “as long as necessary”.
P&O warned in May 2020 that around 1,100 workers could lose their jobs as part of a plan to make the company “viable and sustainable” during the pandemic.
The company is owned by Dubai-based logistics giant DP World.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17986332/couple-abandoned-po-ferry-cancelled/ When P&O canceled our ferry after laying off 800 staff we were left out and had to pay £174 for replacements