P&O Ferries: A roundtable on seafarers, industrial relations and the law

A virtual roundtable discussion on the legal and industrial relations implications of the mass sackings by P&O Ferries.

6 Apr 2022| News

Sign up here for a virtual roundtable discussion on Wednesday, April 13th, at 6 p.m.

Speakers include Prof Alan Bogg (Bristol Uni), Prof Tonia Novitz (Bristol Uni), Prof Peter Turnbull (Bristol Uni) Prof Keith Ewing (President of the Institute of Employment Rights), and John Hendy QC, (Chair of the Institute of Employment Rights). The panel will be discussing the legal and industrial relations implications of P&O Ferries’ mass sackings, hosted with Bristol University’s Centre for Law at Work.

About this event

The decision by P&O Ferries to dismiss 800 long-standing employees in March 2022 and replace them with agency staff attracted widespread criticism. The case highlights the gaps in British labour law, including the limited remedies available and weak enforcement mechanisms. It has also exposed weaknesses in the international labour law regime and global business & human rights framework. However, the P&O case is part of a trend in short-sea shipping in European waters, especially since a proposed EU Directive that would have imposed European conditions on all vessels sailing in EU waters failed to pass.

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Law at Work and Institute of Employment Rights will host a roundtable discussion between labour law and industrial relations experts to dissect the relevant legal issues and think about what avenues are open to provide justice to the affected workers. The panellists will also offer their thoughts on what needs to change to prevent a similar recurrence in future.

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