Over the past few decades, outsourcing has increasingly defined the public sector’s relationship to workers, and has played a major part in widening the gap between the richest and the poorest. The likes of G4S, Serco, and Capita are now some of the most valuable companies in the UK.

These large outsourcing companies extract profit off the backs of their workers in a form of super-exploitation, through offering workers much lower standards for pay, holiday entitlements, sick pay and pension contributions. The profit motive embedded in their logic also drives them to increasingly risky behaviours, exemplified by the collapse of Carillion last year.

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