Our Ref BR1/15/6

22nd January 2018


Dear Colleague,


Further to previous correspondence we have received a copy of information PWC (the Liquidators) and Network Rail are sending to all Carillion employees working on Network Rail Projects. Most importantly this correspondence confirms the positive news that Network Rail will be underwriting the salaries of Carillion staff working on their projects until at least mid-April.

I am sure this will give the affected members some relief that, at least in the short term, your earnings are protected.  I attach a copy of the document for your information which also includes a full list of the Network Rail projects referred to above.

In addition, since the announcement of Carillion’s Liquidation, I want to make you aware of the steps your union has taken in the last week to try to ensure the protection of our members at this difficult and uncertain time.

•    Our Communication Department sent out several press releases highlighting our concerns in the media.

•    We have been pressing PriceWaterhouseCoopers, who are managing the liquidation, to do all it can to secure our members’ future job security, to ensure the payment of all monies owed, and to keep staff informed of developments.   

•    We have met the Government Minister Jo Johnson to demand security for members by way of all contracts being taken in–house by Carillion’s clients. For example we have demanded Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies take their work in- house.

•    We have met the London Mayor to request that he does all he can to provide job security and certainty for contracts under the Transport for London umbrella, including taking contracts in house.

•    Our Parliamentary Group of MPs are also applying pressure to the government.

•    We are working closely with the TUC who are raising our concerns via the government taskforce and are also working with the Scottish TUC.

•    We have attended a roundtable meeting called by the official opposition to discuss the crisis attended by the Shadow Business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. We will continue to convey our concerns so that they can apply pressure.

•    As you will have seen at the end of last week we have surveyed members on this issue and I am pleased to say we have received a huge response. The primary concerns members have raised has been about the lack of information and certainty over jobs and wages which we will use to reinforce our lobbying of politicians.

The National Executive Committee has considered this issue and reiterated our commitment to press through all industrial and political channels for the protection of jobs, pay and pensions. Furthermore we are demanding a guaranteed payment for those who worked over the Christmas period.  The commitments from Network Rail are of course positive for the short term but we will continue to lobby for the only logical solution which is that all Carillion railway work is classified as public sector and taken in house and that your jobs, pay and pensions are protected.

This will be a fast moving situation and we will ensure members are kept advised of all developments as they happen.

Yours sincerely,
Mick Cash
General Secretary