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Law will be changed to ‘undo’ P&O’s mass sacking of its workers, government vows

Law will be changed to ‘undo’ P&O’s mass sacking of its workers, government vows
The law will be changed to “undo” P&O’s mass sacking of its workers, the government is vowing – just hours after a minister warned that would harm the economy.

The law will be changed to “undo” P&O’s mass sacking of its workers, the government is vowing – just hours after a minister warned that would harm the economy.

グラントシャップス, 運輸長官, said the under-fire ferry firm had “exploited a loophole” that would now be closed off by legislation and applied retrospectively.

“Next week, we’ll be returning to parliament with a package of measures to make sure that situation is undone,” he pledged.

The announcement comes after a government official admitted it had “no powers” to take P&O Ferries to court – despite the firm admitting it broke the law by sacking 800 workers without consulting them.

The business minister, Paul Scully, urged MPs to recognise the “wider” benefits of the “flexible labour market” that allowed the sackings to take place without punishment.

だが, just two hours later, Mr Shapps switched tack, promising: “We’ll have a package of measures that we’re going to bring forward, which will absolutely close it off.”

The stakes have been raised by ボリス・ジョンソン insisting the controversy will go to court and telling MPs: “P&O clearly aren’t going to get away with it.”

At an emergency session of the business and transport committees, P&O’s chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite had vowed that the company would do exactly that.

He admitted it “chose to break the law”, arguing a consultation with trade unions would have been pointless because they would never have agreed to sacking 800 労働者.

“I completely throw our hands up, my hands up, that we did choose not to consult. We did not believe there was any other way to do this, to compensate people in full," 彼は言った.

Mr Hebblethwaite also admitted most of the newly-recruited seafarers were being paid just £5.15 per hour – way below the UK’s national minimum wage.

Mr Scully said the Insolvency Service is looking into whether other notification laws were broken by P&O – but it told the inquiry that work would not be completed until 8 4月.

さらに, a leading maritime lawyer has argued the firm could legally sack 800 staff without informing the government, because of a law change brought in by Chris Grayling.

と話す BBC, Mr Shapps insisted the sackings can be reversed, 言って: “We will change the law to make that happen.”

彼は言った: “We think that the P&O management have exploited a loophole here, in order to sack British workers and bring in some very low paid international workers – we don’t think that’s right.”

Huw Merriman, Tory chair of the Commons transport committee, accused the firm of “corporate thuggery” and demanded emergency legislation to stop it.

He said Mr Hebblethwaite must resign, 言う BBC: “We can’t have companies run by people like that, so he needs to hand his card in.”