G4S is the UK's biggest private security company, with its government contracts alone worth over £600 million. Responsible for security services, managing detention centres, prisons, and 675 court and police station holding cells, G4S have also just been granted the £100 million contract for providing 10,000 security guards for the upcoming olympics.

Whilst G4S still seem to be government favourites, their record is far from spotless. The firm lost their previous 'forcible deportation' contract last September after receiving 773 complaints of abuse – both verbal and physical. The final straw came with the death of Jimmy Mubenga in October 2010, an Angolan asylum seeker who died as a result of his forced deportation by G4S guards. Two of the guards are on bail facing criminal charges, whilst G4S is still waiting to hear whether they are to face corporate manslaughter charges.

Now, asylum seekers in Yorkshire and Humberside are expected to accept this multi-national, money-hungry, security company as their landlords.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

G4S News Update// June 11th-17th 2012

G4S renews commitment to White House “joining forces” campaigTimes Union, June 12th 2012: G4S plans to hire 6,000 returning military veterans and their family members by the end of 2013. So far, G4S has hired 3,000 veterans across the US since the 2011 start of the "joining forces" campaign.
G4S to cut staff delivering Lincolnshire Police services, BBC, June 14th 2012: Staff who transferred from Lincolnshire Police to security firm G4S in a cost-saving deal have been put at risk of redundancy. G4S said that of the 580 civilian staff which transferred, approximately 60 posts are at risk.

UK government to answer for hiring human rights abuser (Disclaimer: this is a Russian propaganda website), Russia Today, June 10th 2012: The British government is up for questioning from Parliament over why it has handed over the Olympic Games' security to a company accused of human rights abuses in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

Half of all tagged offenders break curfew rules, The Guardian, June 14th 2012: More than 50% of offenders ordered to wear electronic tags, many of which are provided by G4S, break the rules of their court-imposed curfews, a review of the use of tagging has found.

UK’s latest super-prison completed, Building Design, June 12th 2012: The £150 million complex in South Staffordshire, run by G4S, contains 17 buildings including a healthcare unit, a first night unit, a visits building, sports centre, training centre and a kitchen.

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