The clip was posted by BBC News’ James Bryant, who wrote: “Most dramatic moment of the day in #Dover covering the @POferries sackings. @NatalieElphicke getting heckled on her voting record while attending the @RMTunion protest.”
The crowd were referencing the events of five months ago, which saw Conservative MPs block a bid to outlaw ‘fire and rehire’.
The lovely moment when you join in the \u201cShame on You\u201d chant & then realise it\u2019s about youpic.twitter.com/RYsV1AG5TK
Labour MP Barry Gardiner attempted to ban firms sacking staff and then rehiring under worse conditions in the proposed Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill.
Tory ministers blocked attempts to force a vote on the bill.
On the “fire and rehire” practice, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “I just wish the government had done what we said and strengthened employment rights so they couldn’t do this kind of thing. The government said it was going to deal with this sort of situation. It hasn’t done it.”
It comes after P&O Ferries fired 800 workers with immediate effect saying it is "not a viable business" after experiencing a "£100 million loss year on year."
The ferry operator has since suspended sailings "for the next few days", but unions have instructed workers on the ships not to leave.
In a statement on Thursday, P&O Ferries said: "In making this tough decision, we are securing the future viability of our business which employs an additional 2,200 people and supports billions in trade in and out of the UK.
"And we are ensuring that we can continue serving our customers in a way that they have demanded from us for many years."
Many P&O workers were furloughed during the pandemic, with the government paying up to 80% of their wages.
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