Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

24 October 2018

Facebook   Twitter

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Tories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

Carillion, photo Elliott Brown/CC, photo Elliott Brown/CC

Carillion, photo Elliott Brown/CC, photo Elliott Brown/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Sam Witts, Birmingham Central Socialist Party

The story of the catastrophic collapse of Carillion took an even more shocking turn recently.

It has emerged that the private construction giant's two flagship projects - the Midland Met Hospital in Sandwell and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital - went ahead without any oversight whatsoever from the industry watchdog, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Even more outrageously, the Guardian reported last week that this complete lack of accountability happened after senior civil servants working for Jeremy Hunt when he was health secretary in 2015, successfully lobbied the Cabinet Office to specifically exempt the hospitals' construction from public oversight.

In other words, Hunt and the Tories trashed the rulebook to make sure that their fat-cat pals in Carillion could do whatever they wanted with our hospitals without us knowing anything about it. No wonder the Carillion crisis has demonstrated some of the worst consequences of privatisation and capitalism.

Fat cat handouts

For masterminding its demise, Carillion's former CEO Richard Howson got a hand-out of £688,000 plus a benefits package for a year after he left. And the interim CEO has been on an even higher salary of £750,000.

Meanwhile, over 2,000 workers have lost their jobs, construction of the much-needed hospitals remains at a complete standstill and the taxpayers are set to foot the £150 million bill to kick-start construction.

Carillion has also had to apologise for disgracefully blacklisting its workers for trade unionism.

This latest revelation rubs salt in the wound and shows how the bosses' representatives in government and big business will always collude to exempt themselves from any rules that limit their reckless exploitation and profiteering. They cannot be trusted for a minute longer.

We need a different system now, not when the current contracts expire. We need to nationalise the major construction companies, with compensation paid only on the basis of proven need, i.e. not to the fat cats.

Only a socialist society - based on democratic workers' control and management of all major industry - will be able to put these injustices right for good.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 24 October 2018:


What we think

'People's vote' should be a general election


Workplace news

Support RMT strikes against the elimination of guards on trains

Glasgow council workers - historic strike for equal pay

3aaa collapses - 4,500 apprentices left guessing their futures

PCS legal win - build further pressure from below to defeat the Tories

Ladywood Primary school strike


News

Universal Credit could trap women in violent relationships

Blairites plan to expand their very own academy chain

Tories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

MPs revel in £2m worth of free foreign trips

Them & Us


Wales

Welsh Labour leadership election: 'Corbyn candidate' must pledge end to austerity


Refugees

Join the fight for refugee rights


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Can you donate to the Socialism 2018 appeal?

Enthusiastic response to new podcast

Students and workers march for increased college funding

Joining the Socialist Party has helped me understand the world and how we can change it

Health services in meltdown - fight to save our NHS

Newcastle Utd fans' campaign against owner Mike Ashley continues


International socialist news and analysis

Germany: Bavarian elections and huge anti-racist demonstration mark an historic weekend


Opinion

1821 Cinderloo uprising: "The crowd thought it had nothing else to lose"

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 24 October 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Carillion:

triangleCapitalism fails NHS services in Liverpool: scrap PFI!

triangleWeak Tories must go. General election now!

triangleInterserve debts

triangleThe murky world of the 'Big Four' accountancy firms

triangleKeep Middlesbrough hospital staff in the NHS

Tories:

triangleTories to blame for GP crisis

triangleHousing crisis: Tories and Labour are not on our side

triangleCynical Johnson government no friend of workers

triangleCapitalist climate hypocrisy

Construction:

triangleStop press: Sparks walk out

triangleLondon floods: Privatisation and heavy rain are a dangerous mix

triangleGateshead: Sacked electricians reinstated

Workers:

triangleReinstate Gary Evans! Llanelli postal workers strike

triangleUniversity workers ballot for strike action

Hospitals:

triangleSolidarity to the striking workers at Charité and Vivantes hospitals in Berlin

Privatisation:

triangleNorthampton People's Budget - cuts and privatisation is a failed strategy

Liverpool:

triangleFighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool

Fat cats:

trianglePrivatisers sue NHS - kick out the fat cats and fully nationalise our health service!

Nationalise:

triangleCaerphilly and RCT Socialist Party: Nationalise gas and energy

Big business:

triangleEnd profit-fuelled crisis

Blacklisting:

triangleUnfinished business

Capitalism:

triangleContainer delay carnage makes the case for socialist planning

Article dated 24 October 2018

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

MEMBER RESOURCES

Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales

Leaflets

Bulk book orders

New member submission

WHAT'S ON

triangle25 Oct Leeds Socialist Party: Socialism and the fight for black liberation

triangle27 Oct Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: What is fascism?

triangle28 Oct West London Socialist Party: The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism

More...


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1152 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files


In a world facing crisis on every front, discussion on how socialist ideas can change the world is more necessary than ever. Buy a ticket now for the Socialism 2021 weekend, 19 to 21 November.

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version