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Inadequately trained employees after mass layoffs

Inadequately trained employees after mass layoffs

The European bridge will remain in the port city of Larne until the problems are resolved. (archive photo)AFP photo

British ferries P&O, which sails between Rotterdam and Hull, among others, In serious financial trouble† Last Thursday, DP World, the Dubai port operator, made a drastic decision: the ship’s 800-strong crew was taken without warning by the appointed security guards and replaced with cheaper foreign temporary workers.

However, according to the British authorities, the new staff are not sufficiently trained to be able to sail safely. In the port of Larne, Northern Ireland, the British Coast Guard found defects in the ship’s documentation and crew training on the ferry service ship. Which is why the Coast Guard seized the ship, named European Causeway, on Saturday. Until the problems are resolved, the ship is not allowed to leave port.

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that he will inspect all P&O vessels in the near future to ensure the safety of the ferry service. The ferry service said on Twitter early Saturday afternoon that it had suspended all of its services. Customers are advised to find an alternative travel option on their own. P&O later reported that ferry service would resume between Liverpool and Dublin on Saturday evening.

Last Thursday’s unexpected mass layoffs caused deep resentment among workers and unions. Meanwhile, dissatisfaction appears to have built up among the new crew members. The International Maritime Union Nautilus recently reported that A large part of the new workforce has already left

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The owner of DP World says that without mass layoffs, another 2,200 workers will lose their jobs. Last year, P&O incurred a loss of 100 million pounds, which transferred about 120 million euros. After two years of travel restrictions due to coronavirus shutdowns, the company is now grappling with skyrocketing fuel prices as a result of the war in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.