Union calls for crim­i­nal probe into col­lapse of Car­il­lion

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY ALAN JONES

IN­DI­VID­U­ALS in­volved in the col­lapse of con­struc­tion gi­ant Car­il­lion should face an im­me­di­ate crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a union leader has urged.

Unite as­sis­tant gen­eral sec­re­tary Gail Cart­mail said the In­sol­vency Ser­vice was only just start­ing to in­ves­ti­gate if laws were bro­ken, eight months after the com­pany went out of busi­ness.

She told the TUC Congress in Manch­ester: “This is sim­ply too lit­tle too late.

“There must be an im­me­di­ate crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Car­il­lion and we the trade union move­ment must lead that call. If no laws were bro­ken, then we need bet­ter, stronger laws.”

Cart­mail said thou­sands of work­ers and ap­pren­tices were “dumped without warn­ing” when Car­il­lion col­lapsed.

“The Gov­ern­ment and other or­gan­i­sa­tions are treat­ing Car­il­lion’s col­lapse as busi­ness as nor­mal.

“There is noth­ing nor­mal about the big­gest cor­po­rate col­lapse in the UK’S his­tory,” she added.

“While thou­sands of work­ers have been thrown on the scrapheap, those re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing the com­pany into the ditch have dusted them­selves off and started again as if noth­ing had hap­pened.

“If noth­ing crim­i­nal oc­curred, then we should be told how on earth it can be le­gal.”

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