September 22, 2023


Equality opinion

RMT union promotes nationalism to block a course mobilisation from P&O Ferries and British isles govt

The “Save P&O Jobs” campaign by the Rail, Maritime and Transportation (RMT) union is shorn of any attraction to the operating course to mobilise against the mass firing of 800 staff by P&O Ferries.

It is pitched to Boris Johnson’s Conservative governing administration, dependent on the nationalist attractiveness that they stand up for British staff towards P&O’s dad or mum company, Dubai-based DP Globe. The supposedly militant union has not organised any industrial motion to protect against the ferries leaving port with a replacement crew, employed on a portion of the wages paid out to the sacked personnel.

Nautilus Global and the RMT, symbolizing Officers and Rankings respectively, have collaborated in silencing workers more than their brutal mistreatment. They have encouraged their customers that talking out publicly would chance a reduction in their severance bundle, which incorporates a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Mick Lynch (WSWS Media)

Unite, which represents 160 P&O shoreside employees, has not organised any solidarity motion, boasting that the right away sacking by the organization of almost a 3rd of the workforce does not quickly have an effect on its members.

The RMT’s response to P&O’s mass firings is a continuation of its rotten history of class collaboration and nationalism, which has laid the groundwork for the trampling less than-foot of workers’ rights.

DP Globe could be self-assured that its hottest act of company thuggery would go unanswered by the trade unions, offered their acceptance of the former round of mass redundancies at P&O Ferries significantly less than two several years in the past.

In June 2020, the firm announced the elimination of 1,100 careers, which includes 300 port staff. The RMT recollects this sacking, organised immediately after session with the union, with barely concealed nostalgia: “P&O built 600 Uk seafarer redundancies throughout the pandemic. Even though we entirely opposed this, the complete redundancy approach expected less than Uk law was noticed by P&O Ferries and DP Entire world.”

RMT tweet dated March 17, 2022 recalling that it collaborated in 600 employees dropping their work opportunities in 2020 at P&O. It states, “the whole redundancy system expected less than British isles legislation was observed by P&O Ferries and DP Entire world.” (screenshot: RMT/Twitter)