Privateer Carillion which employs 20,000 staff in the UK alone and runs several government contracts, including facilities management at the British Museum, is to go into liquidation.
Despite Carillion’s involvement in the blacklisting scandal, losing money on big contracts and running up huge debts, the company continued to be awarded government contracts.
The collapse threatens jobs and Carillion has an estimated pension shortfall of £580m.
PCS will be contacting Carillion and will raise our demands on jobs and pension protections with all the contract holders as well as relevant government departments such as DCMS. A PCS spokesperson said:
“Protecting the jobs and pensions of our members is our first priority. Carillion is yet another example of the failings of privatisation – once again profit has been put before vital public services and workers.
"We have seen privateers walk away from failing contracts on our railways and the taxpayer having to pick up the mess they leave behind.
"We call on the government to issue a moratorium on all future and planned outsourcing, to bring all Carillion’s public sector contracts and workers back ‘in house’ and to urgently consider a public sector model to take on delivery of these services.”