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 John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 1:15 pm, 21st March 2022

Minister, I am pleasantly surprised by the strength of your statement. It is as strong a statement as I have heard from someone in your position and from your party on employment law. "Well done" on the statement, but what we need now is strong action as well as strong words.

Will the Minister take action with regard to the public funds that P&O has received? I have no doubt that that company, despite making £1·3 billion of profit last year, will have its hand out again for more public money. Will the Minister ensure that it does not receive public money until the practices that it has been involved in are dealt with and it has been punished for what it has done to those workers?