P&O Ferries Update

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:15 pm on 21st March 2022.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 1:15 pm, 21st March 2022

The Member is absolutely right to raise that issue. I do not want our response to this to give cover or succour in any way to employers that might be thinking of doing this in the future. It is absolutely reprehensible that any company or employer might think that they can get around employment law by, as I and others have said, some sort of bribe. It is absolutely right that the Department takes all the action that it can. That is why I will be working closely with the Department for Transport to make sure that the law is followed and, where it is not followed, that appropriate penalties are put in place. I want to ensure that nothing that has taken place over the last week or that will happen next week will in any way give any cover to other employers like this in future.