P&O Ferries is facing another blow as ministers have cancelled a contract with the firm after it fired nearly 800 seafarers without notice in March.
The ferry firm was widely condemned after it sacked 786 staff without any notice on 17 March, replacing them with cheaper agency workers. Politicians and trade unions said the decision put the safety of ships at risk.
The Home Office announced that the agreement with the Border Force agency would come to an end with “immediate effect”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “In response to P&O Ferries’ unacceptable behaviour, Border Force has terminated its agreement with P&O to provide contingency travel services to juxtaposed ports with immediate effect.”
Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, tweeted: “We’ve terminated UK Border Force’s one-of-a-kind agreement with the company.
“We’re reforming maritime law to stop firms exploiting legal loopholes and protect workers’ rights.”