MOSSLEY’S George Lawton Hall is managed by Carillion, Britain’s second largest construction company, that has collapsed.
But staff at the venue have been told to continue working as normal in the wake of the company’s liquidation.
Tameside Council issued a statement about the implications of Carillion’s collapse on the local authority.
They said: “In Tameside we have contracts with Carillion to provide a number of services such as school meals, project design and construction together with events and facilities management.
“We undertake this work through a joint venture called the Local Education Partnership (LEP), which successfully delivered our Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
“Much of the work undertaken by the LEP is subcontracted to Carillion and on a daily basis we rely on and work with colleagues who are employed directly by Carillion.
“Since the announcement of the liquidation of Carillion we have sought assurances for both the staff employed in Tameside by Carillion and local people who use services that are dependent on the Carillion workforce.
“The Government has appointed Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) as the liquidator and both have given assurances in relation to continuing to deliver public service contracts.
“Essentially they are saying it is business as usual, and that staff and contractors should continue to work and will be paid so that public services keep running.
“They have also said that all operational service provision contracts – for example school meals – will continue.
“Assurances have also been given regarding public construction projects such as Vision Tameside.
“Vision Tameside falls into the public-sector contracts category and so with the assurances provided to suppliers, work will continue on site.
“Clearly, this is a concerning and unsettling time for those employed in Tameside by Carillion – who are important members of our Tameside public service workforce.
“Thanks to their commitment, it is business as usual in Tameside.
“All buildings in Tameside are open for staff and the public as usual, all school meals in Tameside are being provided and all ancillary and supporting services including cleaning and caretaking in Tameside are operating as normal.
“While we continue with our contingency plans and securing business continuity here in Tameside, we also need to start planning for a longer term and sustainable solution.
“With this in mind, as we seek further information from the Government, Carillion and PWC on the detailed arrangements they are making for supporting public sector contracts we are also developing local plans.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to resolve the problem locally and to ensure a smooth transition for services and employees through this difficult time.”