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P&O ferry disruption - drivers told to use other services

Leading channel ferry company sacks 800 staff and cancels all sailings

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Drivers hoping to sail between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries had their plans thrown into disarray today after the ferry company cancelled all sailings.

The dramatic move came after P&O Ferries, the leading ferry company between the British and French ports, sacked 800 staff in the wake of operating losses hitting £100m a year. It said its business was “not viable”. 

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Shocked motorists were advised to find alternative ways across the Channel, including using Eurotunnel.

Drivers booked on other P&O crossings around the country have also been affected. The BBC is reporting that some staff have refused to leave their ships and a showdown between P&O Ferries and the RMT union is looming.

A statement from P&O is promised for later today (Thursday) but in the meantime the company is advising drivers from Dover to use the Eurotunnel. It says there will be no P&O sailings out of Dover for the next few days.

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