This video from Australia is called Serco – RUNNING NUKES AND PRISONS FOR PROFIT.
By Jay Fletcher in Australia:
Serco — profiting from refugee detention
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The activity of British-based transnational conglomerate Serco in Australia has remained relatively unknown since it began taking government contracts in 1990. That is until the refugees locked up in its detention centres — under a $756 million government contract — started speaking out.
The unrelenting revolt of refugees in detention has called into question Serco’s huge contract with the federal government and whether a private company can be held accountable when refugees’ rights are violated.
Before visiting the Curtin detention centre in far-north Western Australia in early April as part of a solidarity convoy, Victoria Martin-Iverson told Green Left Weekly she knew the conditions would be grim.
“This is a humanitarian and psychiatric crisis,” she said. “We charge a private company with the responsibility of delivering services to people in detention, but they cut costs every way and anyway they can.
“It makes a profit off the misery of asylum seekers, off the illegal imprisonment of people who have not committed or been charged with a crime.”
In November, Serco’s contract was doubled from $370 million to $756 million. But the May 14 Herald Sun said Serco would soon be paid more than $1 billion as the cost per asylum seeker detained rises.
Serco has run Australia’s growing refugee detention system since 2009, but its global reach is frightening. With an annual profit of £4.3 billion ($6.6 billion), governments all over the world outsource to Serco.
It is one of the largest air traffic control operators in the world. It runs most of Britain’s traffic lights, as well as its nuclear program, and has contracts for Britain’s weapons and defence systems. It is a provider of services from security to cleaning to many private companies.
It is Britain’s largest employer of scientists.
Serco owns and runs many public transport networks, as well as hospitals and schools. It is most known for running prisons on the cheap in Britain, the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
“This is a private company that very aggressively markets itself as a solution to government,” Martin-Iverson said.
“In Australia they are already bidding for child welfare services, parole, foster care, transport, custodial services, cleaning services.
“There is no single public service that the government supplies that Serco is not actively and aggressively lobbying to have the contract for.”
A charity condemned Britain today over its “appalling” treatment of torture victims claiming asylum, who, as a result, risk being returned to the very countries which tortured them: here.
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