P&O Ferries Update

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:30 pm on 21st March 2022.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 1:30 pm, 21st March 2022

The Member has thrown me off a little bit by complimenting me, but I appreciate his words. I think that that was because we are all united on what has happened. P&O's treatment of its staff, especially those who served the company for so long, is reprehensible and disgusting. It is right that we have strong words. I completely agree with him that we need strong actions as well. Some of the financial support provided to that company in the past was via the Treasury or elsewhere in HMG. It is right that they look into that. Certainly, I am more than happy to look at what support has been given and how we can ensure that we do not support companies that disregard employment law in that way.