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Carillion sale is huge error of judgement from government

2 February 2018

Responding to the news that from today (Friday 2 Feb) Carillion's rail business will be put on the market, TSSA leader Manuel Cortes has reacted with disappointment that Chris Grayling, the Transport Minister didn’t bring the company into public ownership.

Said Cortes:

“It’s a huge error of judgement not to see the signs of failure and simply transfer one failing company into the hands of another company run on the same model - it’s as if Grayling’s learned nothing!

“The government hasn’t even investigated a public option and is rushing the sale to be sorted in just a couple of weeks!

“Why didn’t he bring the work in house giving our members stability and ensuring Network Rail have a consistent skillset for future infrastructure and maintenance projects?

“The government haven’t learned any of the lessons of the 2010 crash, they’re permanently on the edge of disaster. This decision is simply being led by Tory ideology, not sensible policy making. I can’t see how any of this will benefit our TSSA members.”

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