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16/01/2018 14:36 GMT | Updated 16/01/2018 15:27 GMT

Carillion Leaked Internal Memo Orders Staff To Stay Silent

Exclusive: Speaking out is 'unhelpful to us all', memo says.

Worried staff at collapsed construction firm Carillion have been warned not to speak to media and to keep their concerns and questions private, a leaked internal memo reveals.

Bosses issued the directive to the firm’s 20,000 UK staff just minutes after news of the company’s collapse was reported on Monday.

“Do not speak to the media and be careful not to share any information on social media as this will be unhelpful to all of us,” the memo, obtained by HuffPost UK, states. 

'Unhelpful to all of us': Carillon's memo warns staff about using social media

The document, issued to Carillion workers through internal email, advises line managers to pass information on to staff who don’t use computers.

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Daniel Easthope, a regional managing director, addressed staff in the memo, saying: “I know this is an exceptionally sad day - and I know that many of you will have lots of questions about what happens next.

“We will endeavour to get you as much information as we can, as soon as we can.”

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Carillion workers at Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick were reportedly sent home on Monday

The company holds dozens of government contracts in schools, hospitals and defence sites.

The firm delivers cleaning services, facilities management and even school dinners across Britain.

But it was some of the firm’s overseas deals which led it to issue a series of profit warnings amid mounting debt of up to £2bn and a £600m pension deficit.

While the government has said it will continue to honour Carillion’s public contracts, it has left the firm’s private projects in limbo.

These include several construction projects in London and Manchester. 

And ministers on Tuesday turned their attention to Carillion’s top brass, by demanding a fast-track investigation into claims of mismanagement.

Commenting on the leaked memo, Rehana Azam, national secretary of the GMB trade union, said: “It’s outrageous that Carillion bosses have the sheer nerve to order workers to stay silent as the company collapses into crisis and jobs are put on the line.

“If this shell of a company had a shred of decency and respect for its workforce it would immediately cease these efforts to spook them into keeping quiet. Carillion workers’ voices need to be heard.”

A Carillion spokesperson declined to comment.

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