LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May mentioned she would clamp down on bosses who attempt to “line their own pockets” whereas not defending employees’ pensions, after the collapse of outsourcer Carillion with a 900-million-pound gap in its pension scheme.
Writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, the Prime Minister mentioned personal firms might assist ship higher public providers, however the system wanted to be rebalanced in favour of extraordinary working individuals.
“In the spring, we will set out tough new rules for executives who try to line their own pockets by putting their workers’ pensions at risk – an acceptable abuse that we will end,” she mentioned.
Construction and outsourcing providers group Carillion was put into liquidation on Monday, swamped by debt and pension liabilities of a minimum of 2.2 billion kilos ($three billion), and forcing the government to step in to ensure public providers from college meals to roadworks.
Its greater than a dozen pension schemes, which collectively have 27,500 members are on the right track to switch to the lifeboat Pension safety Fund, leaving many members who are beneath retirement age going through a reduce of their pensions.
May had beforehand pledged to sort out company abuses, and he or she mentioned in May 2017 she would shield pensions from “irresponsible behaviour by company bosses”, a reference to the general public outcry to the demise of division retailer group BHS after it was bought by billionaire Philip Green.
She mentioned on Sunday she had taken motion on boardroom excesses, for instance giving shareholders a larger say within the pay awarded to bosses, and he or she was decided that the government would stand as much as the small quantity of companies that give the bulk a nasty title.
But she additionally defended the function of the personal sector in offering government providers, and the motion it had taken after the collapse of Carillion.
“The state also has a role to play when things go wrong and companies fail, as Carillion did last week,” she mentioned.
“Not by bailing out the directors with a blank cheque – it will be the shareholders of Carillion, not taxpayers, who pay the price for the company’s collapse – but by stepping in and supporting those affected.”
Opposition Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn final week known as for the top of the “costly racket” of outsourcing public providers to non-public firms after Carillion’s failure.
Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg