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P&O Ferries uses “slave labour on the high seas”, says Karl Turner MP

A leading voice for the company’s sacked ferry crews, the Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East, warns that using cheap agency replacements may lead to a disaster at sea.

P &O Ferries caused outrage last week (17 March) when it sacked 800 crew members to replace them with “cheap agency workers from eastern Europe” overnight.

Anoosh Chakelian is joined by the Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East, Karl Turner, who has been on King George Dock advocating for local workers who lost their jobs.

They discuss the stand-off between the company and workers who refused to leave their ships, working conditions for foreign agency staff who can be paid as little as £1.81 an hour, and why this could lead to another “disaster” at sea.

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