Carillion: 377 workers made redundant as result of construction firm's collapse

'Despite best efforts it has not been possible to secure the jobs of 377 staff, who will be made redundant,' official receiver said

Ben Chapman@b_c_chapman
Friday 02 February 2018 11:49
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Some 377 Carillion workers will be made redundant as a result of the construction firm’s collapse, the official receiver said on Friday.

The official receiver, who as part of the Insolvency Service is handling the liquidation of the company, said a further 919 Carillion workers will be taken on by other companies.

The staff who will keep their jobs work in Carillion’s infrastructure, central and local government projects, as well as on construction contracts.

Of the staff that will lose their jobs, 253 worked on public sector contracts and 124 on private sector work.

A spokesperson for the official receiver said: “As part of the ongoing liquidation of the Carillion group I am pleased we have been able to safeguard the jobs of 919 employees today.

“Most staff are transferring on existing or similar terms and I will continue to facilitate this wherever possible as we work to find new providers for Carillion’s other contracts.

“Despite best efforts it has not been possible to secure the jobs of 377 staff, who will be made redundant.”

The spokesperson added: “I am expecting many employees working on other Carillion contracts to transfer in the coming weeks and we are continuing to keep the workforce updated as these arrangements are finalised.”

The Unite union responded: "The latest redundancy announcement has increased the feeling of chaos and confusion which has stalked Carillion since its collapse last month.

"Workers don't know if they will get paid from one day to the next and could be made redundant or transferred to a new contractor on lower wages at a moment's notice.

"Thousands of workers remain in limbo and don't know if they will be able to continue to feed their families."

Carillion employed around 43,000 people, including close to 20,000 in the UK before it collapsed into liquidation on 15 January under a mountain of debt.

A number of other companies that had partnered with Carillion on contracts have said they will take over the parts of those projects that Carillion had been responsible for.

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