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An in-depth look at outsourcing giant Carillion one year after its collapse

The Telegraph’s Jack Torrance has taken an in-depth look at outsourcing giant Carillion one year after its collapse. “The sorry episode has dominated the business and political agenda for the past year. As Carillion’s surviving rivals and suppliers continue to battle against tough conditions and the Insolvency Service readies its own report into what went wrong, it will remain a lasting influence for some time to come.” The UK public services union Unite has published an in-depth report on the Carillion collapse “Carillion’s approach to bidding for these contracts underlines the inherent problem with successive government’s mania for outsourcing. The company which provides the lowest bid is awarded the contract, creating a race to the bottom where all the quality is cut from a contract with the wages of staff and their conditions being seen as a prime area to chop. In many cases the low bid is a deliberate gamble as the company hopes to make healthy profits from additional services required by the client outside of the contract.”

Source: The Telegraph

Splashmobbers demand an end to privatised water in England

Campaigners and trade unionists are calling for the water industry to be nationalised – without compensation – 29 years after the sector was sold off. Activists from We Own It, (a campaign group for public services) and trade unions, like Unison and UNITE, took part in a ‘splash mob’ to highlight the huge payouts going to water company directors and shareholders – while prices rise for the public. [Video: https://youtu.be/-xMaXeR0sNk]

Source: www.world-psi.org

Bromley UNITE library workers go out on strike over privatization

Bromley UNITE library workers go out on strike over privatization. “The council says that it will be making a decision on the library service's future sometime in May. Unite's firm view is that libraries are for the benefit of the public and should not be considered as a ripe source of profit for the private sector.”

Source: This Is Local London

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Ending Bandit Capitalism: Learning the lessons following Carillion’s collapse

The UK public services union Unite has published an in-depth report on the collapse of the government outsourcing company Carillion. “Carillion’s approach to bidding for these contracts underlines the inherent problem with successive government’s mania for outsourcing. The company which provides the lowest bid is awarded the contract, creating a race to the bottom where all the quality is cut from a contract with the wages of staff and their conditions being seen as a prime area to chop. In many cases the low bid is a deliberate gamble as the company hopes to make healthy profits from additional services required by the client outside of the contract.”