HUNDREDS of workers employed by bankrupt public-service privateer Carillion have been emailed and told: “Don’t bother turning up for work on Monday.”
The email carrying the blunt message was sent by the company’s receivers, finance firm PWC.
Four-hundred-and-fifty workers involved in Carillion’s public and private contracts were contacted on Saturday. The job losses are on top of 377 redundancies announced on Friday.
General union GMB, some of whose members are affected, denounced the email sackings as “callous.”
GMB national secretary Rehana Azam said: “Loyal Carillion staff are being treated with utter contempt by PWC.
“The receiver said that Carillion’s central office staff would remain in place until April, then we see almost 500 are being booted out.
“It’s not just the fact so many are being made redundant. It’s the callous way PWC are going about it which is so outrageous.
“Some people received emails on Saturday simply telling them not to bother turning up for work on Monday. Others have been given less than a day’s notice.
“And the ones that still have a job are in limbo. They turn up to work each day not knowing if they’ll still have a job at the end of the day.”
Carillion, which went bankrupt last month, employed 20,000 workers in Britain.
Despite three profit warnings issued by the firm last year, the government gave the company £2 billion in public service contracts.
Shadow business, energy and industrial strategy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said: “The government has let down workers and businesses impacted by Carillion’s collapse.
“Eight hundred workers have lost their jobs, more are left not knowing what the future holds for them and Carillion’s shoddy treatment of businesses in its supply chain threatens even more jobs.
“The Tories have failed to protect the pay, conditions or pensions of workers on Carillion contracts.
“They must now act quickly to ensure that these workers receive swift redundancy payments and are properly supported.”
The government said today that it “appreciated” the difficulties faced by hundreds of sacked Carillion workers.
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