Grant Shapps to force P&O to rehire 800 laid-off workers Business


Grant Shapps is stepping up pressure on P&O to reverse its controversial decision to lay off 800 workers.

The Transport Secretary will tell the ferry company to rehire staff, arguing that the new legislation will undermine his plans to replace them with poorly paid temps.

P&O has come under fire for laying off 800 staff without notice earlier this month. He plans to halve his labor costs by employing agency workers for an average of £5.50 an hour.

Mr Shapps is expected to introduce new legislation this week requiring all ferry companies operating from UK ports to pay the minimum wage.

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