Carillion liquidation – what UNISON is doing for our members

As you’ll have seen on the news over the past few days, the private contractor Carillion has gone into liquidation.

Liquidation means that the company has effectively run out of funds to pays it outstanding bills and is being dissolved.

The sudden collapse of Carillion sent shockwaves across our union, with hundreds of our members suddenly fearful for their jobs, their pensions and their livelihoods.   We have members delivering vital services across the public sector, including in hospitals, schools and libraries.

Since receiving the news we’ve has taken decisive action to reassure members and push the government for decisive action to secure their future.

We are currently:

  • Pushing for an urgent meeting with Carillion national management.
  • Calling for the government to set up a task force to deal with the fall out, emphasising that this group must include trade unions;
  • Calling for Carillion’s public sector contracts to immediately be brought back in house;
  • Approaching commissioning bodies to ask what steps they are taking to keep services running and what they plan to do with the contracts;
  • Pushing for greater clarification on the Cabinet Office’s statement that staff on public sector contracts would continue to be paid.  We are asking for greater detail on how public and private work is defined and for more information about the mechanics of continuing to pay wages;
  • Pressing the government for guarantees on pensions and pension protection.  We have agreed with other trade unions to convene a joint meeting of our pensions officers to look at the issues in detail and to provide some urgent advice;
  • Using the media to highlight the damaging impact of Carillion’s collapse and the affect it is having on our members.
  • Working with Labour Party and other trade unions in coordinate way to keep up the pressure on the government to fulfil their promised to Carillion workers and guarantee their futures.

If you work for Carillion you should receive a letter from our General Secretary, Dave Prentis – this is also attached in the resources below.

Please check back on this page for further updates and Carillion UNISON members can expect further communication directly as the situation develops.