County Cllr Julie Gibson, the Labour Group Lead for Economic Regeneration at County Hall has joined calls for an inquiry into how the UK’s second largest construction company, Carillion, was placed into compulsory liquidation.
She has warned that this must not mean “business as usual for big business” and has sought re-assurances that current regeneration programmes in Lancashire are not adversely affected by the collapse.
Cllr Gibson said, “This announcement has left many workers unsure about their futures – they have headed into work not knowing if their wages, pensions or even their jobs are safe. I hope that the appointed administrator, PWC, will provide re-assurances on these to the workforce as a matter of urgency.”
Cllr Gibson confirmed that the Labour Group at County Hall were seeking re-assurances that regeneration projects in Lancashire are safe. She said: “We have asked the question at LCC and have been given re-assurances that for now there will be no adverse affects on any major developments in Lancashire.
She added: “But there has to be an urgent inquiry and the question must be asked how a company that loaded itself with so much debt and undercut competitors with unsustainable bids was able to get its hands on so much public sector and tax payer’s cash.”
Cllr Gibson concluded: “One thing is clear from this: there must be no more “business as usual” for big business.”