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24 June 2020

P&O: defend every job - nationalise the ferries

P&O Ferries wants to cut 734 jobs in Dover and 122 jobs in Hull after a severe downturn in demand

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27 May 2020

Fight P&O's billionaire bosses' jobs cut plan

P&O Ferries has announced plans to cut 734 jobs in Dover and 122 jobs in Hull after it reported a severe downturn in demand, writes Eric Segal, Kent Socialist Party.

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9 January 2019

Ferry workers protest against 2.45 an hour pay

The scandal of low pay by profiteering shipping lines is being fought by a sustained campaign of the RMT transport union

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8 March 2017

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

Thirty years ago, 193 passengers and crew drowned off the coast of Belgium after P&O's Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry capsized. One of the dead was seafarer and Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporter Geoff Haney.

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24 June 2015

RMT members to strike at CalMac ferries

RMT members who work for CalMac ferries in Scotland have voted by a 90% majority to take industrial action over threats to pensions, jobs and working conditions

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16 July 2014

Condor Ferries: Fight for a living wage

Support the struggle against poverty pay on Condor Ferries, paying 2.30 an hour to Ukrainian crew, with the connivance of Portsmouth city councillors who refuse to lift a finger against this outrage

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26 February 2014

Striking seafarers make gains

A solidarity demonstration organised by the transport union RMT took place at Portsmouth ferry terminal on 18 February to support striking deck crew who had organised a sit-in on board the Condor Ferry 'Rapide' in St Malo, writes Nick Chaffey.

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24 February 2014

RMT supports ferry crew strike in St Malo

A solidarity demonstration organised by the RMT took place at Portsmouth ferry terminal on Tuesday to support striking deck-crew organising a sit-in on board the Condor ferry "Rapide" in St Malo

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22 August 2012

End seafarers' poverty wages

Banners and flags were caught in the early Saturday morning breeze at Portsmouth Ferry Port on 18 August. The chant was "low pay, no way" in the second protest outside the port, writes Nick Pollard.

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30 July 2012

Unite members vote to accept Portsmouth port deal

Quay assistants at the centre of the 'new contract' dispute at Portsmouth International Port have voted to accept a deal that will see all staff moved onto the superior 'old' contract and all overtime after midnight will be worked on a voluntary basis...

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RMT demo against low pay at Condor Ferries, 21.7.12, photo by Daz Procter

23 July 2012

RMT demo in Portsmouth against Condor's 'sweatships'

To the sounds of the Pompey chimes, over 40 trade unionists and socialists protested against exploitation of seafarers by Condor Ferries

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18 July 2012

Fighting against exploitation of seafarers and port workers

The RMT in Portsmouth and Southampton is campaigning against the exploitation of foreign seafarers by Condor Ferries, and Unite is balloting for action against council cuts to the contracts of quay assistants

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