P&O Ferries won’t face criminal action over mass sacking of staff

P&O Ferries will not face criminal action over the way it fired nearly 800 employees earlier this year, the Insolvency Service has said.

The firm sacked staff without notice in March, replacing them with foreign agency workers who were paid less than the UK minimum wage.

The government agency said that, following a “full and robust criminal investigation”, there was “no realistic prospect of a conviction”.

A civil investigation is still ongoing.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng asked the Insolvency Service to carry out an urgent enquiry to examine whether the law had been broken.

An Insolvency Service spokesperson said: “After a full and robust criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the employees who were made redundant by P&O Ferries, we have concluded that we will not commence criminal proceedings.”

The spokesperson added that, after conducting a criminal investigation, which was reviewed by an independent senior prosecution lawyer, it was concluded that…

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