Dubai-Owned Ferry Firm Won’t Face Criminal Action Over Sacking of 800 UK Staff

The Dubai-owned company P&O Ferries will not face any criminal action over its decision to sack nearly 800 British workers without notice, the Insolvency Service has said, the Epoch Times reported. P&O Ferries, which was bought by Dubai-based logistics giant DP World in 2019, sparked outrage on March 17 when it fired 800 seafarers without any prior notice and replaced them with cheaper agency workers, citing £100 million ($132 million) year-on-year loss. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said on April 1 that the Insolvency Service has started “formal criminal and civil investigations.” But the government agency said on Aug. 19 that it has decided not to commence criminal proceedings because “there was no realistic prospect of a conviction.” The decision was made following a “full and robust” investigation, which was reviewed by an independent senior prosecution lawyer, said a spokesperson. The agency said a civil investigation into the mass sackings is still ongoing. During the hearings on the mass sackings, the business admitted to Parliament that it had broken the law that would have forced them to give notice of the firings. This was because no unions would have accepted its new proposals, bosses said at the time. A UK government spokesperson told the BBC: “In sacking 800 dedicated staff on the spot, P&O Ferries not only acted callously but failed to uphold the high standards we expect of British businesses. Read more.