‘Reckless, hubris, greedy’ – the sorry tale of Carillion’s collapse

We must learn lessons from this disaster and return our services to genuine public control

Carillion directors have today been slammed by MPs for a culture of ‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’.

UNISON South East Regional Secretary Steve Torrance was highly critical of the culture which led to the collapse of Carillion saying:

“It will come as no surprise to UNISON members that Carillion has been so heavily criticised today. Our members have been working for years under a corporate regime which is completely at odds with a public service ethos.

“This is a prime example of why these services must be returned to public control. Public services are best provided for the people, under democratic control, and accountable to the people they serve.

“We must learn the lessons of the Carillion collapse now, and bring a swift end to this abhorrent culture of corporate giants leveraging profit from the provision of essential public services.”

The TUC has also published a report into the collapse which makes a number of recommendations about how more can be done to protect workers and sub-contractors, promote more sustainable and responsible business practice and place public interest at the heart of how we commission and deliver public services.