Protests erupted this afternoon over P&O Ferries’ decision to make huge layoffs. RMT union members block two roads in Dover after the move will result in the loss of 800 jobs.
Protesters walked through A20 traffic lights, waving banners and flags reading ‘Stop P&O jobs being cut’. They also chanted ‘save local jobs’ as they stood on the other side of the carriageway.
The protest began around 2:30 p.m., causing increased traffic on both roads. Long lines of trucks and cars are present and the police are also on the scene.
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A number of officers allowed the peaceful protest to continue, with the member driver honking in support of the workers. Workers have blocked the main road to the Port of Dover and Jubilee Way is at a standstill.
Passengers now face the prospect of being stranded for days due to canceled trips across the English Channel. The workers, meanwhile, were told they would be replaced by a “third party” crewing company.
The ferry company said in a statement that it wanted to provide “better service” to its customers. However, this controversial decision provoked a wave of backlash from MPs and the RMT union.
They said there would be significant disruption to P&O Ferries services over the next few days. People traveling on the Dover/Calais route will have an alternative carrier arranged as soon as possible.
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