Indo-American CEO Vishal Garg, Better Mortgage (American mortgage company ), terminated 900 employees over a single Zoom call meet on last year in December 2021. Since then, the company set an example for others to fire their employees in a bulk on short notices.
Better.com came into news again, because a British shipping company is about to do the same thing again. P&O Ferries, a British origin shipping company is about to or informed their 800 employees about the termination of their services over a Zoom Call. The report shows that the employees were informed about layoff in about 3 minutes. Termination call left employees in a state of shock.
17th March 2022, P&O Ferries deliver a video message to 800 employees with “Major Announcement. The Announcement was all about the quick termination for their employees, the announcement said
“The company has made the decision that its vessels going forward will be primarily crewed by a third-party crew provider. Therefore, I am sorry to inform you that this means your employment is terminated with immediate effect on the grounds of redundancy. Your final day of employment is today,”.
The officials of the P&O Ferries have confirmed that the terminated employee would be compensated. Fired employees claimed that they did not informed or get any advanced notice for terminations of their jobs, but a claim by a company executive, that they all fired employees were already get notice by their email, post, courier and messages. The company had a statement after this decision “It had no choice, but to make the decision to fire 800 employees”.
How Decision Criticised Worldwide
The decision was criticised on the internet worldwide and major politicians by the country itself. Karl Turner, British MP said,
“All of that money should be clawed back. Any money that the British taxpayer provided for that business should be taken back from them and the government should be asking the company to get around the table with the unions and negotiate some sort of deal.”
Minister of British labor markets & and Secretary of State for business, Paul Scully said in a letter to the company’s CEO “The way that staff, who have given years of dedicated service to P&O and played a critical role in keeping our country going during the pandemic, have been treated has been appalling,”. They also stated that, because of this move the company reputation getting bad and asked the explanation on this move.
P&O Ferries is a British shipping company that operates ferries between the United Kingdom to Ireland and Continental Europe. The company was formed in year 2002. P&O Ferries was a mergers and acquisitions within P&O. Since year 2019, P&O owned by Dubai-based DP World. Company have almost 4,000 employee staff working.