Carnival UK denies crew ‘fire and rehire’ accusations

Carnival UK has strongly rebutted claims that more than 900 UK-based crew face the threat of being fired and rehired unless they accept new terms and conditions.

The parent company of P&O Cruises and Cunard responded after The Guardian first reported the allegations.

P&O Cruises said on X, formerly Twitter: “There have been media reports today which are factually inaccurate and damaging.”

The maritime union Nautilus International reportedly said that Carnival UK had notified authorities in the UK and Bermuda of its intention to change employment terms and conditions for 919 crew across 10 vessels.

The union indicated that the changes would affect crew on P&O Cruises ships as well as those working on vessels such as Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2.

However, a Carnival UK spokesperson said: “We are categorically not making any redundancies and we will not dismiss and re-engage staff. In fact we have significantly increased our headcount across our fleet. 

“This is an annual pay review process with our maritime officers onboard our ships which will ensure alignment. 

“This will empower our staff, deliver the right teams across our fleet and attract and retain talent to work on our ships.”

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