P&O’s Pride of Hull not set to return to service…

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P&O’s Pride of Hull not set to return to service…

P&O’s Pride of Hull not set to return to service until April
2022-03-28 15:59:00
P&O Ferries' Pride of Hull ship is not set to return to service until at least April 1. The ship was suspended from service on Thursday, March 17, when P&O called to port all its ferries as it made 800 British seafarers redundant with immediate effect, with the intention of replacing them with agency staff on lower wages. The Hull to Rotterdam route resumed on Saturday with the Pride of Rotterdam back in service. However, with only one of the two ships currently available, the route is being run on an alternate days rota. The Pride of Rotterdam makes the twelve hour Hull to Rotterdam crossing on one day and then makes the trip back the next day. Read more: P&O Ferries will be 'barred from UK ports' unless they pay staff UK minimum wage Customers who have booked tickets on the route have naturally become anxious about how certain their journey is to go ahead. In replies to enquiries on their Twitter account updating passengers about the latest timetable changes, P&O have confirmed the Pride of Hull is not due to run until April 1 at the earliest. Responding to an enquiry about whether the Rotterdam to Hull route had re-started, the P&O Ferries Updates Twitter account said at midday on Monday: “Hello, We are currently operating this route on a one-ship schedule, the Pride of Rotterdam, until 31st March. If your sailing is affected by any disruption, we will contact you directly.” Another reply from the account indicated that as things stand, P&O still hope to get the Pride of Hull back into service from April 1: “Bookings for after 31st March are currently unaffected by disruption. If this changes, we will contact you directly to advise.” The Pride of Hull at the Port of Hull earlier in March. (Image: Getty Images) P&O Ferries Updates also advised that emails to customer service are being replied to in 28 working days: “It is currently a 28 working day turn around to hear back from our team due to high demand.” All scheduled Pride of Rotterdam ferries, meanwhile, are expected to go ahead. This means that Hull to Rotterdam ferries will depart on March 28, March 30, April 1, April 3 and every two days after then. The Pride of Rotterdam will also leave Rotterdam for Hull on the alternate days when not departing from Hull. Refunds for passengers whose booked journeys have been cancelled are currently taking ten working days to process. The disruption to P&O Ferries' service began on Thursday, March 17, as the company sacked 800 British seafarers, including 82 from the Pride of Hull, with no prior notice to them or the trade unions. Sit-ins were organised on some of the ferries that day, including a more than four hour sit-in on the Pride of Hull in the Port of Hull. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote to P&O Ferries CEO Peter Hebblethwaite on Monday, March 28, and did not hold back in his criticism of the company and its boss: “The past week has left the reputation of P&O Ferries and, I'm afraid, you personally in tatters. Not only were your letters of 22 March to the Business Secretary and myself wholly unsatisfactory, your appearance at the Transport Select Committee, during which you brazenly admitted to breaking employment law, demonstrated beyond doubt your contempt for workers who have given years of service to your company. “There is no excuse for this behaviour, and as I said publicly on Friday, I believe your position as Chief Executive, and indeed as a Company Director, has become untenable.” Mr Shapps confirmed that as well reviewing the government's contracts with the company and asking the Insolvency Service to investigate P&O's actions, he will also bring in legislation to prevent P&O paying people below the UK minimum wage. In the letter, he offers P&O Ferries a final opportunity to re-employ the sacked 800 workers on the same terms as they were employed before, urging them to make this u-turn: “A reversal at this point may also go some way in starting to repair your firm's reputation with the public, many of whom will share their own disgust at your treatment of workers by simply choosing an alternative operator.” Hull Live also approached P&O Ferries for confirmation of when the Pride of Hull will be back in service. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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