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

I do not believe that we got any advance notice or warning from any source whatsoever. I found out when a member of staff in my constituency sent it through to me.

It will be for the court, ultimately, to adjudicate on the laws that have been broken. However, we have basic statutory requirements with regard to redundancy. If an employer is making more than 20 employees redundant within any 90-day period, a consultation should take place between that employer and a representative. It is clear that that has not happened, and that is disappointing. In my view, this is a clear breach of Northern Ireland employment law, but, ultimately, it is up to the courts to decide.