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Maritime union and Carnival UK negotiating settlement on proposed contractual changes for 919 crew

Carnival UK HQ in Southampton
Maritime employee union Nautilus International and Carnival UK issued a joint statement saying they're in consultation to find a way forward following proposed contractual changes for over 900 employees on P&O Cruises and Cunard ships.

Last week, Carnival had notified authorities in the UK and Bermuda of its intention to change employment T&Cs for 919 crew across ten of its current vessels UK and Bermuda flagged fleet.

Under UK law, employers are required to notify the Secretary of State of planned redundancies over the amount of 20 at least 30/45 days in advance. They are further required to enter into ‘meaningful consultation’ with recognised trade unions in changes to contractual terms and consultations.

Statutory notification

The statutory notification (HR1 document) was sent to the UK insolvency service by Fleet Management Services (Carnival UK) on November 15.

On November 22, Nautilus received a copy of the HR1 form Carnival UK sent which stated: ‘Dismissal and re-engagement may be considered if agreement cannot be reached on new terms.’

Carnival UK rescindeds HR1 form

Today, November 24, Carnival UK rescinded the HR1 form submitted to the insolvency service, whilst providing an update to the relevant Bermudan authorities and has reassured Nautilus International of there being no intent to undertake steps towards dismissal and re-engagement.

Nautilus International and Carnival UK are now working cooperatively towards a negotiated settlement in the interest of all parties.