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easyJet to fast-track cabin crew applications for laid-off P&O Ferry workers

P&O Ferries is a shipping company that operates ferries from the UK to Ireland and France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The company sparked outrage on Thursday by laying off 800 workers via video link, telling them it was their last day on the job. The intentions would be to replace employees with less expensive contractors.

Politicians, unions and the public expressed their fury at the summary dismissal of which the workers received no notice. Meanwhile, low-cost carrier easyJet comes to the rescue of the laid-off P&O staff. In a statement on its social media yesterday, the airline said it would fast-track applications for UK cabin crew jobs from P&O Ferries employees.


easyJet would also be actively contacting affected P&O workers and encouraging them to apply for both cabin crew and administrative and other roles at the airline’s headquarters offices at London Luton Airport. Tina Milton, director of cabin services for the carrier, said:

“Everyone at easyJet is saddened by the news about P&O Ferries and the anxiety their employees will feel. As part of our ongoing recruitment drive, we still have fantastic seasonal cabin crew opportunities across our UK network. , as well as a number of positions at our London Luton Airport head office and our recruitment team will contact as many people as possible to encourage them to apply.”


easyJet says there are many positions available for seasonal cabin crew across its UK network. Photo: easyJet

Fixed term contracts across the UK

According to the announcement on its website, easyJet is specifically looking for seasonal cabin crew at its regional bases in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester or Bristol on fixed-term contracts. Milton further stated,

“We know that the employees of P&O Ferries will be a valuable addition to our easyJet team, and we would be delighted to welcome many of them to our side in the weeks to come.”

Earlier this year, the airline launched a major campaign for people “from all walks of life” to consider joining the industry as pilots.

easyJet said it would be delighted to welcome P&O Ferries staff on board the airline. Photo: Getty Images

No ferry for ten days

When P&O laid off hundreds of employees, it did so without having any replacements lined up. As such, there will be no company ferries for a ten-day period from Dover to Calais, Dublin to Liverpool, Hull to Rotterdam or Larne to Cairnryan while the company locates new crew.

The Department for Transport has told parliament there are contingency plans in place and the supply of essential goods should not be affected. However, travelers should be warned of disruptions over the next few weeks.

Comparisons to #BAbetrayal

Meanwhile, MP Huw Merriman, who chairs the Commons Transport Select Committee, compared it to the controversial move attempted by British Airways which sparked a union campaign called #BAbetrayal. As quoted by Business Live, Mr. Merriman said:

“Laying off loyal staff and replacing them with cheaper labor from elsewhere is not a model the public will adopt. This model was not acceptable when our national flag carrier attempted to adopt it, and it is not now.”

Do you know anyone who has been affected by unsuspected layoffs from P&O Ferries or other companies? Did you change career from or to aviation? Leave a comment below and share your story.


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