P&O Ferries fires agency workers for drinking on duty Business

P&O is already struggling with a ‘very high’ insurance bill, the Telegraph revealed this week, with analysis suggesting its safety performance will be rated as ‘very poor’. P&O was previously an ‘average’ rating before laying off all 800 staff.

In March, P&O said safety was “our top priority”. Suggestions that security is compromised are “categorically false”, the operator added.

It follows weeks of protests at the ports by unions pushing the company to reverse its decision on the mass sacking in mid-March, which took place without consultation.

P&O has struggled to resume services since making the decision. He expected to resume crossings between Dover and Calais over the Easter weekend, but had to withdraw those plans.

Two of his ships on this route have been detained by the Maritime Agency and Coast Guard for security reasons. The latest, which occurred last week, was “due to investigators identifying a number of shortcomings”, the agency said.

P&O argued that the MCA is inspecting ships with “an unprecedented level of rigor”.

Continuing suspended services added to travel chaos over the weekend, with thousands of travelers forced to rush to book with competing operators.

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