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Unison urges government to introduce ‘code of conduct’ for private companies delivering public contracts

PUBLISHED: 08:31 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 08 February 2018

The Carillion offices in Wolverhampton. MPs in the business and pensions committees have savaged the big four accountancy firms over payments they took from the collapsed outsourcing and construction group. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The Carillion offices in Wolverhampton. MPs in the business and pensions committees have savaged the big four accountancy firms over payments they took from the collapsed outsourcing and construction group. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

A union is encouraging the government to set out a new code of conduct for the delivery of public services by private companies following the crisis at Carillion.

In a letter to the government Unison said companies receiving taxpayers’ money to deliver public services should abide by principles including integrity, openness and accountability.

Its preferred option was for services to be provided in-house, but it called for new principles to be introduced when contracts are handed to the private sector.

In the letter Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Selflessness and integrity mean there can be no place for companies that use tax havens, that blacklist workers for belonging to unions, make it hard for unions to represent the workforce, and generate profits by attacking pay and terms and conditions.

“The principles of accountability and openness require full transparency. This means that all procurement information should be available online – including tender documentation, bids and all signed and amended contracts.”

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