No ferries between Rotterdam and Hull after mass firing on Zoom

It seems like the ferry situation is going overboard. P&O announced that no ferries will travel between Rotterdam and Hull in the United Kingdom for the next few days.

The ferry operator fired 800 employees on Zoom using a pre-recorded video message, reports 😬

Facing financial trouble

The company was facing financial trouble and could not continue without “major changes.” They plan to replace the 800 employees with cheaper, temporary workers.

But this led to a few problems in the short term. The ferries have been ashore since the mass layoff. They advise travellers to look for an alternative travel option between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. 🤷🏻

A mountain of problems

Because of the company’s shady methods, it’s being investigated whether P&O acted legally in firing so many employees at one time.

For example, the company would have to inform the British Ministry of Economic Affairs and carry out an information and consultation procedure. With a mass layoff, it’s unlikely they had these consultations with each employee. 😕

P&O Ferries aren’t the only ones facing problems since the mass layoff. Ferry operator Stena Line in Hoek van Holland had many complaints about P&O Ferries over the past few days.

What do you think of the mass layoffs by P&O Ferries? Tell us in the comments!

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Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭
Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭
Third culture kid Katrien is a Philippine native living in the Netherlands to finish her master's degree in political communication. You can usually find her trying to organize everything on Notion and the sticky notes app, otherwise, she’s nose-deep in a good book or obsessing over film soundtracks and video games.


  1. Any company laying off hundreds of people just to get cheaper ‘slaves’ should be not only investigated but sued till bankrupcy. This is exactly what’s wrong with this world. Employees are not ‘a part’ of the company, but ‘apart’ from the company. They’re not even asked if they can deal with lower wages till they figure this thing out. Bunch a criminals is what they are if you ask me, and if they are already at minimum wages, figures why they need immigrants. Modern slavery is what it is, despicable. (And offcourse this is why they love those immigrants right? They’d sell their soul to china in the blink of an eye probably… get rid of these folks, treacherous snakes.)


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