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POA warns Government after Carillion goes into voluntary liquidation

Leaders of the POA had warned the Government and HMPPS Senior Management that the contracting out of services and maintenance in prisons was a recipe for disaster, but their concerns were ignored.

Following the collapse of Carillion leaving thousands of workers worldwide with an uncertain future and more tax payers money goes down the drain, Leaders of the POA will demand prison contracts are brought back in house.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA said;

“We need to know the contingency plans to keep our prisons operational. During the time Carillion had this contract the level of essential maintenance and work that is outstanding has spiraled out of control. This has resulted in loss of prison accommodation and in-humane conditions in our prisons”.

The contracting out of work commissioned by HMPPS was supposed to realise over 100 million in savings for the tax payer, but due diligence was not undertaken and the Public Accounts Committee exposed that no savings would be made.

Steve Gillan said;

“When these contracts were let the POA and other unions within the MoJ raised serious concerns and objections.

Prison maintenance and repairs are essential in keeping prisons safe and secure.

The Government and the Employer have introduced change after change in an attempt to save money and today we face another real crisis due to poor management and privatisation”.

 

RMT demands immediate protection and guarantees for workers caught in Carillion collapse

‎RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

"This is disastrous news for the workforce and disastrous news for transport and public services in Britain and RMT has been warning since Thursday night that we thought the collapse of the company was imminent.

"The blame for this lies squarely with the Government who are obsessed with outsourcing key works to these high risk, private enterprises.

"RMT will be demanding urgent meetings with Network Rail and the train companies today with the objective of protecting our members’ jobs and pensions.

"The infrastructure and support works must be immediately taken in house with the workforce protected.

"Chris Grayling and his Tory colleagues must be forced to take responsibility for this crisis which is wholly of their making."

PCS calls for Carillion contracts to be taken In House

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) which represents Carillion workers in various Government Departments today (15) called upon the Government to immediately take those contracts back ‘In House’ and guarantee all the workers their full employment rights. Carillion had contracts in areas like the Prison Service, the Defence Department, the British Museum and the Met Police.

PCS is writing to the Cabinet Office seeking urgent talks and guarantees for its Carillion members

Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary said

“Protecting the jobs and pensions of our members is our first priority.

Carillion is yet another example of the failings of privatisation – once again profit has been put before vital public services and workers. We have seen privateers walk away from failing contracts on our railways and the taxpayer having to pick up the mess they leave behind.

We call on the government to issue a moratorium on all future and planned outsourcing, to bring all Carillion’s public sector contracts and workers back ‘in house’ and to urgently consider a public sector model to take on delivery of these services.”

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says its London members are deeply upset and angry to learn that the number of people killed in fires has risen sharply in the capital, according to the latest figures released by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) this week.

In 2016, the latest year which figures have been made available, there were 46 deaths in London caused by fire, up from 33 the previous year – a 40% increase. The figures, published in the LFBs Fire Facts briefing, do not include the 71 victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Paul Embery, FBU executive council member for London, said: “We are deeply concerned at the correlation between the rise in deaths following the deepest cuts to the brigade in its history, which were pushed through by the former mayor. This disturbing increase has happened at a time when over a thousand frontline firefighter posts have been ditched, 10 fire stations closed, and specialist rescue equipment and fire engines have been removed from service.

“In recent years firefighters have had to work with one hand tied behind their backs. Station closures and fewer fire engines mean it is taking longer for fire crews to make it to the incident scene. This means they arrive after the fire has become more intense, when the possibility of rescuing victims becomes fainter and the work far more dangerous. Critically, overworked firefighters are now struggling to provide the preventative fire safety work which has historically driven down the number of fatal fires.

“Firefighters welcome mayor Sadiq Khan’s commitment not to make any further frontline cuts to the brigade. However we need to look at adopting a strategy that gives the brigade the funding it desperately needs in order to drive down fatal fires.”

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action goes ahead exactly as planned on Wednesday and Friday in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits.

Members on Northern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia, South Western Railways and Island Line have been instructed to take action as follows:

Not to book on for any shifts between 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on the 10th and 12th January 2018

RMT has also confirmed that it has had no response from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, either before, during or after the Tory reshuffle shambles yesterday, to the urgent call for a rail summit involving his department and the train companies aimed at brokering a solution to these disputes similar to the agreements reached in Wales and Scotland.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to press ahead with the action exactly as planned. No one should be in any doubt, these disputes are about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies.

“It is frankly ludicrous that we have been able to negotiate long-term arrangements in Scotland and Wales that protect the guards and passenger safety but we are being denied the same opportunities with rail companies in England. This suspension of normal industrial relations by the employers has to end if we are to make progress towards a solution that guarantees safe rail travel for all.

“It is ridiculous that Chris Grayling has completely refused to respond to RMT’s call for summit talks aimed at moving this fundamental issue of rail safety forwards. Now that he is now longer shuttling in and out of Downing Street and is back at his desk it is time for him to get on with his job and start talking."

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