Sunday 2 October 2022 02:24 PM Only worker to sue P&O after it suddenly sacked 800 staff wins 'five-figure ... trends now
The only P&O Ferries seafarer to sue the disgraced firm after its sudden sacking of 800 staff has won an even higher financial settlement than the pay-off he was offered.
John Lansdown, 40, sued P&O on the grounds of unfair dismissal and has won an out-of-court settlement, believed to be in the five-figure region.
The firm paid a total of £36.5million to the workers it fired without notice after they were unexpectedly replaced with cheaper agency staff.
All of the workers accepted the redundancy package, which depended on how long they had worked at the company but in turn signed away their right to take legal action against the company.
Reports at the time said that no worker would receive less than £15,000 while more than 40 were in line for compensation higher than £100,000.
But just one man, Mr Lansdown - a sous-chef on cross-Channel routes - refused to give in as he would have taken no more than his £30,827 annual salary.
The man from Kent first joined P&O Ferries as a 16-year-old trainee and was working on The Pride of Canterbury on the Dover to Calais route when he was sacked in March after 15 years at the company.
The long-term employee was marched off the ship and forced to leave his belongings behind when he was told 'out of the blue and without any prior consultation' about his instant sacking.
John Lansdown (pictured), 40, sued P&O on the grounds of unfair dismissal and has won an out-of-court settlement, believed to be in the five-figure region
P&O Ferries paid paid a total of £36.5million to the workers it fired without notice after they were unexpectedly with cheaper agency staff. Pictured: The Spirit of Britain ferry arriving at the Port of Dover
He alleges that private security staff, carrying handcuff and wearing balaclavas, were hired to remove workers who refused to leave the ferries.
Instead of accepting the pay-off like all of the other staff, he brought an employment tribunal claim against the firm for unfair dismissal, culminating in his momentous victory.
After a six-month