Cleethorpes MP calls P&O ‘disgraceful’ but fails to vote in emergency vote

Martin Vickers

Cleethorpes MP calls P&O ‘disgraceful’ but fails to vote in emergency vote

Yesterday Labour forced an emergency vote in parliament on workers’ rights after P&O fired 800 members of staff without notice.

The party said reports suggest the government was aware of the sackings before they were announced, as well as the plan to use “exploitative” practices to take on cheaper employees.

According to the RMT Union, the new agency workers will be paid far less than minimum UK wage, a shocking £1.81 an hour.

Last Thursday, 800 members of staff were sacked without notice via a video message, prompting widespread anger and protests from workers.

The vote in the House of Commons received 211 ayes and 0 noes.

However, despite the vote going in Labour’s favour, not a single Tory MP voted.

This included the Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers and Grimsby MP Lia Nici.

When asked about P&O’s move to sack 800 members of staff without notice, Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers told Gi Media that their actions were “disgraceful” and that they should be “ashamed.”

However, his view is that the matter should go to the courts rather than a vote in parliament.

Mr Vickers said: “The action of P & O Ferries is disgraceful, to act in such a manner is totally unacceptable. It appears that they are in breach of UK employment law but could be trying to void sanctions because they are not based in this country. They should be ashamed of their actions.”

“Any vote in Parliament can only be an expression of opinion as this is something that the courts will have to rule on.”

Ms Nici was also contacted for a comment.

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Ellie joined Gi Media in July 2021.