Editor’s note: Below is the original media advisory from Sept. 30. After it was posted, Peter Hebblethwaite reportedly indicated he won’t participate in the conference. Hence, the protest won’t take place.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 September 2022
Seattle Labor Community and Global Transport Unions to Protest Against Disgraced Union-Busting CEO at Interferry Conference
UK-based P&O Ferries CEO Peter Hebblethwaite has faced widespread condemnation after ordering the illegal firing of 786 seafarers via a pre-recorded Zoom call in March.
(SEATTLE) — Seattle union members and leaders from U.S. and international transport unions plan to protest against the participation of the self-confessed lawbreaker and union buster Peter Hebblethwaite, the CEO of UK-based P&O Ferries, at the Interferry Conference in Seattle.
P&O Ferries illegally fired 786 seafarers via Zoom call, breaching laws on union consultation, and replaced them with non-unionized workers, with many being paid only a fraction of the UK National Minimum Wage.
This follows a letter from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, calling on Interferry to remove Hebblethwaite as a panelist.
WHO: Seattle Labor Community union locals, U.S. transport unions and international transport unions (Canada, United Kingdom, Norway)
WHAT: Protest against P&O Ferries CEO’s participation at Interferry Conference
WHEN: Monday 3 October 2022, 7:30am
WHERE: Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 Seattle, WA 98121
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is a democratic, affiliate-led global federation of 670 unions in 147 countries, representing over 18 million transport workers across the globe. The ITF passionately campaigns for transport workers’ rights, equality and justice.