In Prime Minister’s Questions today, Boris Johnson MP indicated that the government believes that P&O Ferries broke the law in firing 800 seafaring workers, and that the government would be “taking action”.
Speaking in the House the Prime Minister said:
“Under section 194 of the Trades Union & Labour Relations Act of 1992, it looks to me as though the company concerned has broken the law and we will be taking action. If the company is found guilty then they face fines running into millions of pounds.”
Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael said:
“If this is the advice that the government has received then they may act immediately. P&O Ferries must be made to fill the full force of the law. Failure to act will mean that instead of being an example to avoid, other companies, especially in the shipping industry, will see them as an example to follow.”