Thurrock Council's Cabinet met over this weekend to discuss the actions of P&O Ferries and their parent company DP World, and their involvement in the Thames Freeport. They condemned the appalling and entirely unjustifiable actions of P&O Ferries that has led to 800 employees losing their jobs.
Cabinet is already due to meet on 23 March to discuss governance arrangements around the Thames Freeport, of which DP World is one of 3 private sector lead organisation partners with the council.
Ahead of this meeting, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Rob Gledhill, fully supported and endorsed by all members of Cabinet, will be making the council's robust view known directly to DP World about its concerns regarding this matter.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "I will be making it very clear to DP World that all options regarding the potential outcomes and ongoing discussions for the Thames Freeport governance remain firmly on the table.
"Whilst the full business case has been submitted to government, the matter is not concluded in terms of significant governance matters. Unlike other applications, the Thames Freeport is a combination of a number of councils and lead businesses. Thurrock Council will be seeking unequivocal assurances that ensure that all employment in this borough and across Thames Freeport is undertaken with full regard to all UK employment law and that any private sector organisation who is a partner in the Thames Freeport categorically complies.
"We will do all we can to make the Freeport happen to benefit local residents, businesses and the country as a whole. However, it will not be at the expense of the rights of British workers up and down the country now or in the future."