Hull rally over cost of living and P&O Ferries staff layoffs – in pictures

A number of people spoke at the rally in Queen Victoria Square this afternoon, including a member of the RMT union, the union that represents British crew members made redundant by P&O Ferries last month without notice.

A rally has been held in Hull city center by trade unions and left-wing political activists to protest against the cost of living crisis and the sacking of British seafarers by P&O Ferries last month.

Complete with large banners and a throng of speakers, at its peak the gathering in Queen Victoria Square had around 80 attendees and onlookers. The rally was part of 25 nationwide protests, organized by the People’s Assembly against austerity, over the cost of living.

In Hull, the rally focused on recent actions by P&O Ferries in the sacking of 786 British seafarers, including 82 Pride of Hull staff. Among the speakers was Mike Hale of RMT, the union which represents laid off crew members and which backed the ferry sit-ins on the day of the layoffs.

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He told fellow union member Gaz Jackson, who was on the Pride of Hull during the sit-in of crew members who eventually left the ship: “Some of them were on the verge of tears.” Mike Hale criticized the government for its response to the redundancies so far, called for a general renationalisation program and referring to future RMT train strikes, told attendees: ‘Don’t go anywhere on the train because it probably won’t be.”

See below for the colorful banners and placards that were displayed at the rally in Queen Victoria Square.

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