Government has “washed its hands” of Carillion collapse

Grant Prior 5 years ago
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The government is being accused of “washing its hands” of the Carillion collapse as investigations into the failed contractor drag on.

This Friday marks 600 days since Carillion went under.

The Unite union is demanding action against the company’s directors or senior managers responsible for its collapse.

The Official Regulator is undertaking an investigation into whether there was any criminal wrongdoing by Carillion’s directors prior to the company’s collapse.

The investigation is not expected to be completed until early 2021.

Meanwhile the Financial Reporting Council is undertaking several investigations into the company’s financial reporting and the accuracy of its auditing processes.

No date has been given to when this investigation will be concluded.

Workers who lost their jobs following Carillion’s collapse are also seeking justice for the failure of the company to consult them before making them redundant.

Unite is representing around 220 of these workers and the employment tribunal case which is being vigorously defended by the Official Receiver is scheduled to be heard in late 2020.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “As we approach 600 days since the collapse of Carillion it is totally apparent the government has failed to learn any lessons from this debacle.

“The guilty directors and senior managers remain unpunished and are free to pursue new lucrative roles while the innocent workers have a long battle ahead of them in their battle to secure compensation in the courts.

“Government ministers have clearly washed their hands of the whole mess and now pretend it is no longer their problem.”

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