The country's biggest union, Unite, has called upon the government to announce an inquiry into why services giant Carillion is on the verge of collapse. The call comes as talks are underway today (Sunday) in Whitehall in an effort to stop the company going to the wall.
Commenting, Jim Kennedy, Unite national officer for local government, said: "What is being discussed behind closed doors today has a real impact on each and every one of us.
"Public services, vast amounts of public money, thousands of jobs - including in a lengthy supply chain of insecure agency workers who are also at risk - and workers' hard-saved pensions are all in danger of being dragged under by yet another bout of reckless corporate irresponsibility.
"There are also serious questions that need to be asked and answered about Carillion's conduct. Did directors move to protect their bonuses before the financial stability of the company? Has the company mushroomed because it built its business on unrealistic undercutting and blacklisting? Why did the government continue to hand over public money to a company that had issued repeated profits warnings?
"Only a full and rapid public inquiry will get to the bottom of this, and set us truly on a course to stop such taxpayer rip-offs happening again.
"Of course, the best way to stop the public having to pick up the tab for these repeated private sector failings is to take these contracts back in-house."
Unite represents over 1000 workers employed in the delivery of construction and NHS contracts for Carillion.
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or Alex Flynn on 07967 665 869 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.