Sacked seafarers have gathered at the Port of Larne in Northern Ireland and Cairnryan port in Scotland to protest against the sailing P&O Ferries’ ships, as unions call for a boycott of the disgraced firm.
Protesters in Larne blockaded the entrance to the port, forcing P&O to take passengers onboard The European Causeway ferry through another entrance, according to RMT local organiser Darren Proctor.
The European Causeway was set to cross the Irish Sea just days after it broke down for over an hour while undertaking the same crossing due to a mechanical failure. The Maritime And Coastguard Agency (MCA) has now cleared the ferry as safe to sail.
“We’re protesting against the mass sacking of seafarers by P&O Ferries, and also about our concern for the safety conditions aboard the vessels… There will be blood on the hands of the company and the politicians because we’re just waiting for a maritime disaster to happen”, Proctor told the Big Issue from Larne.
“We’ll continuously be at these ports until P&O is brought to the table, P&O puts the seafarers back on, or P&O goes bust.”
Protesters on the other side of the Irish Sea at Scotland’s Cairnryan port were hoping to convince passengers not to take the ferry service.