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THE government was urged yesterday to ditch plans to privatise Ministry of Defence firefighters’ jobs following the collapse of contractor Carillion.
Unite said the devastating effect on public-sector contracts caused by Carillion’s demise was “the best argument” against privatisation.
The union’s assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail was speaking at a public-sector rally in the Commons last night.
She said outsourcing of vital public services should halt following the Carillion collapse.
The deadline for private-sector bids to take over Defence Fire and Rescue Services, which provides cover on Ministry of Defence sites, has been extended until May.
Ms Cartmail said the “appalling debacle” of Carillion left thousands jobless, vital construction projects mothballed and 30,000 suppliers high and dry.
She added: “So why should hardworking and dedicated firefighters be subjected to such a fractured and flawed privatisation process and all the concerns that this poses for national security at military bases?”
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