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CARILLION was condemned by prison officers today who urged the government to bring all prison contracts into the public sector.
Prison Officers’ Association executive member Dave Todd said that “recklessness, hubris and greed” led to the outsourcing and construction firm’s collapse earlier this year and cast serious doubt over the government’s “failed” outsourcing strategy.
Delegate Steve Douglas from Hindley condemned Carillion for the “misery” its behaviour had caused to thousands of blacklisted workers and unemployed subcontractors.
He said: “They should never have been able to suck billions out of the public purse, offering donations to the Tory Party while running a pensions deficit and allowing subcontractors to suffer.
“Whenever capitalism fails, they go to the state for a bailout.
“Where has this notion of private good and public evil got us?
“If they can privatise a prison, they can privatise anything.
“As soon as we get all of our facilities under public control, our prisons will get better.”
Following Carillion’s collapse in January, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was forced to renationalise prison cleaning and building repair work.
The MoJ had funded Carillion by almost £100 million over two years despite ministers having twice admitted that the firm was failing to deliver and prisoners were living in squalor.
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