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 Philip McGuigan Philip McGuigan Sinn Féin 1:30 pm, 21st March 2022

Minister, you quite rightly called out the shameful and disgraceful behaviour of P&O. You stated:

"Our first and foremost priority must be the staff involved."

Again, that is quite right. However, there was no mention in your statement or in the questions of engagement between you and the trade unions that are supporting the workers. Given that P&O is trying to divide workers and pick them off with pay offers, it is absolutely crucial that the Minister engage with the relevant trade unions. Can he confirm today that that is the case?