P&O sackings raise further food supply chain concerns

P&O ferry logo on the side of a ship

Reduced ferry freight capacity resulting from P&O’s sacking of 800 staff yesterday could have a serious knock-on effect on the food supply chain in the coming days, industry chiefs have warned.

All ferry services were cancelled today after P&O abruptly fired 800 employees and said it plans to replace them with cheaper agency staff. 

Cold Chain Federation chief executive Shane Brennan said P&O supplied around a third of the freight capacity between Dover and Calais, and the disruption was already causing chaos for hauliers. 

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