Union calls for criminal probe into Carillion ahead of first anniversary of collapse

A trade union is stepping up calls for a criminal investigation into the collapse of engineering giant Carillion on the first anniversary of the group going out of business. Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire.
A trade union is stepping up calls for a criminal investigation into the collapse of engineering giant Carillion on the first anniversary of the group going out of business. Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire.
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A leading trade union is stepping up calls for a criminal investigation into the collapse of engineering giant Carillion on the first anniversary of the group going out of business.

Unite has accused the Government of not taking enough action to ensure there wasn't another "corporate meltdown."

Carillion went into compulsory liquidation on January 15 last year, leading to thousands of job losses.

It was involved in major building projects around the UK, including the redevelopment of the former Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland.

The failure of the company saw work halted for six months, until Sunderland City Council’s development partners Siglion appointed Tolent Construction to complete phase one of the work.

Unite said the cost of Carillion's collapse to the taxpayer nationally was more than £150million, including redundancy pay and "lucrative" work for accountants.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: "It is staggering that a year after the biggest corporate failure in modern UK history, the government has carried on as though it is business as normal.

"The government's failure to take action to ensure that there cannot be similar collapses in the future is a betrayal of workers, who still face being cast on the scrapheap without warning because of irresponsible directors who place profits and shareholder dividends before people.

"The fact that no one involved in Carillion has yet had any form of action taken against them demonstrates either that the regulators are failing to do their jobs or that existing laws are too weak. If it is the latter then we need better, stronger laws.

"Taxpayers were handed a bill of over £150million to clean up the mess left by Carillion, yet the government has failed to end bandit capitalism in the UK.

"A year on from Carillion's collapse the government needs to stop prevaricating and start taking effective action to drive bandit capitalism out of the UK."