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Outsourcing Carillion job losses hit 930 as 101 more staff get the chop

OVER A HUNDRED more workers have been thrown out of work following the collapse of Carillion , bringing the total of confirmed job losses to 930.

The Official Receiver said it had saved 2,250 posts following the company’s liquidation last month.

The latest redundancies are among workers directly employed by the outsourcing giant and unions fear there will be many more to come.

A spokesman for the Official Receiver said: “We have continued to review Carillion’s contracts, as well as core divisions of the business, and I can confirm that we have safeguarded a further 1,221 jobs.

“These roles are connected to the delivery of both public and private contracts and cover services for a city council, as well as a range of facilities management services. This means, so far, we have been able to save more than 2,000 jobs.”

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “We fear over the coming days that more Carillion workers will be receiving the devastating news that they have lost their jobs.

“It is critical that the Redundancy Payments Office is on the front foot and ensures that the Carillion workers who have lost their jobs are quickly compensated in order to make ends meet.

“The government's taskforce into Carillion needs to prioritise providing assistance to workers who have been made redundant to help ensure they can swiftly return to work, including job-matching activities.”

The spokesman said the 101 redundancies it was reporting were of workers in “a mix of back-office functions and engineering support roles that new suppliers no longer require.”

He added: “We continue to engage with staff, elected employee representatives and unions throughout.

“Those who have lost their jobs will be able to find support through Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service and are also entitled to make a claim for statutory redundancy payments.”

Many of Carillion’s workers are self-employed people engaged through subcontractors, so it will be hard to determine the full effect of the firm’s collapse.

Labour has argued for contracts to be taken back by government agencies. The party also announced this week that a team of experts would be formed to help councils take back outsourced services.


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