P&O Ferries and Employment Rights — 21 Mar 2022 at 19:19

That this House condemns the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice and demands their immediate reinstatement; notes that DP World, the owner of P&O Ferries, received millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money during the coronavirus pandemic; calls on the Government to suspend the contracts and licences of DP World and remove them from the Government’s Transport Advisory Group; and further calls on the Government to bring forward a Bill urgently to outlaw fire and rehire and strengthen workers’ rights.
“It sounds clichéd,”
“but it really was - we lived together, ate together, worked in a small space together. It was our life and we gave it our all.”
“cannot support the way P&O Ferries has carried out this restructuring”,
“In the Queen’s Speech on Thursday there will be a specific law which will safeguard workers’ rights.”?
“we will act and we do not need primary legislation to do so”.-[Official Report, 22 October 2021; Vol. 701, c. 1116.]
“Identify the skills and experience required to perform those functions”.
“Hours of work or rest; Safety management; Certification of seafarers; Training of seafarers”.
“The need to handle large numbers of passengers unfamiliar with the marine environment must be taken into account in determining manning levels.”
“for approval of a new Safe Manning Document under the 2015 Regulations…Ship owners must also inform the MCA of any change in circumstances which are relevant to a Safe Manning Document. The MCA will then review the document’s continuing validity or approve fresh proposals from the owner or operator.”
“Historically, the UK has grown much of its own talent and has kept a nucleus of highly trained and highly respected personnel, giving the UK a leading edge in its maritime work both at sea and at home.”
“DP World respects and supports the human rights of our employees, our extended supply chain and the broader community around us. DP World releases its modern slavery and human trafficking statement annually. This states our commitment to ensuring that slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking are not tolerated in our global operations or in those of our suppliers.”
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights…ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work…Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; Implementing the UN ‘Protect, Respect, and Remedy’ Framework…The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”.
“are grounded in recognition of…States’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms;…The role of business enterprises…required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights;…The need for rights and obligations to be matched to appropriate and effective remedies when breached.”
“The UK was the first country to produce a National Action Plan to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”.
“immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking”
“Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working…for all workers, including migrant workers”-
“I have no intention in this Bill of banning, and there is nothing in this Bill that would ultimately ban, fire and rehire. There is an important reason for that and I will come on to it in my speech.”-[Official Report, 22 October 2021; Vol. 701, c. 1051.]
“without which the appropriate representatives would be to a material extent impeded in carrying on consultation with the employer”.
“It cannot be right that the company feels tied closely enough to the UK to receive significant amounts of taxpayer money but does not appear willing to abide by the rules that we have put in place to protect British workers.”
“It’s not just a job. It’s family”.
“If you fight you won’t always win. But if you don’t fight you will always lose”.
“DP World announces record results”,
“DP World Limited announces strong financial results for the year ended 31 December 2021.”

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Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alba1 0050.0%
Alliance1 00100.0%
Con0 000.0%
DUP5 0062.5%
Independent3 0050.0%
Lab154 (+2 tell) 0 (+2 tell)079.0%
LDem11 0084.6%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP2 00100.0%
SNP30 0066.7%
Total:209 0033.2%

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Lilian GreenwoodNottingham SouthLab (minister)tellno
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLab (minister)tellno

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