Responding to the announcement of P&O Ferries laying off 800 workers with immediate effect, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:
"Today's underhanded action by P&O is an attack on workers. It is an absolute outrage.
"This is simply not an acceptable way to treat employees and the government must step in urgently to help reduce tensions and bring people back to the table.
"If the current owners cannot manage this company properly then the government needs to consider how a more responsible owner can be brought in.
"Clearly the Conservatives also need to tighten up rules about how registered ships treat workers to ensure this doesn't happen again."
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