G4S defrauds Belgian taxpayers

This 12 July 2013 British TV video says about itself:

G4S to be the subject of fraud probe

They’ve been accused of overcharging the government tens of millions of pounds for electronic tagging contracts: now the Serious Fraud Office has been called in to investigate private security firm G4S.

That was then in Britain. And now, in Belgium …

Translated from Belgian (conservative) daily De Standaard, 16 June 2020:

Just before the [coronavirus] lockdown, the Belgian Competition Authority (BMA) started a thorough and large-scale investigation into abuses in the security sector. The file revolves around illegal market practices by the main players: G4S, Securitas and Seris. The study also includes Jean-Paul Van Avermaet, until recently G4S country manager, and the [governmental postal service] Bpost CEO since 13 January.

One of the possible injured parties in the file is Van Avermaet’s current employer: the Belgian government. In recent years, it has increasingly appealed to security firms. Since the terrorist attacks, their importance has increased and they are increasingly acting as an extension of the police.

A new private security law was even introduced. This entailed new tasks for the sector and was described as “the Jambon Act”.

Banks and Zaventem airport also often use the services of security firms, as do many retail companies and organizers of mass events. They all belong to the possibly injured parties.

The security firms are suspected of overcharging their services for years. They are said to not only have made price agreements, but also agreements about price increases and the charging of costs. They are also said to have been guilty of dividing the market between them.

G4S mercenary corporation infects healthcare

This 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

G4S Is The Biggest Security Company That You’ve Never Heard of

G4S provided those K-9 units that attacked protestors in Standing Rock. And they do so much more.

Translated from Dutch weekly De Groene, 8 April 2020, by Kim van Keken and Dieuwertje Kuijpers:

The tentacles of security multinational G4S

Many-headed monster

The international security company G4S offers everything you may think off. But it wants more. The monster appears to be untamable. “The private security sector is trying to break into sectors that used to be operated only by the state or non-profit organisations.”

Everywhere cameras and sensors hang around this highly secured complex in a desolate industrial area. Nobody comes in here just like that. Also the presenter of the popular children’s TV program WillemWever. He is joined today by Nina, a girl who sent a burning question to the program.

For the answer, she must be here, in a very secret location, where she first walks through four heavily guarded gates. Ports that are guarded by “strict men that you should not argue with”, the presenter says. Nina wants to know how a money transport works. “I often see those cars driving through the village.” …

G4S runs prisons in Great Britain, guards immigration detention centers in Australia, surveys and searches for troublesome youth in Almere, protects nuclear power stations everywhere, protects ports and airports, works in conflict areas such as Afghanistan and puts on your grandmother’s compression stockings in the municipality of Hollands Kroon.

At least, G4S really wanted the latter. However, a tender for the care tasks in this North Holland municipality failed miserably. But this multinational, which has a gigantic turnover of 8.5 billion euros worldwide, is chessing on many boards. With about 540,000 employees, G4S is the largest private employer in the world after the American supermarket chain Walmart and the Chinese electronics group Foxconn. As the International Business Times described, the corporation is rightfully “the largest company you’ve never heard of”.

Eg, the political directors of Hollands Kroon had never heard of G4S Zorg until the company rattled at the gates of the town hall. It was 2016 and the Rutte II cabinet had just decentralized the care tasks – from now on municipalities had to arrange and outsource everything themselves. G4S enthusiastically presented itself as a party that could take good care of the elderly in Hollands Kroon. It also wanted to take care of things like youth care. A municipal advisory council had its doubts: “G4S is hardly active in the Netherlands in the field of care and welfare. And a solid, proven experience in the Dutch healthcare situation seems to us to be an important requirement. ”

However, the international security company claimed to have experience in elderly and youth care. G4S has long had contracts with municipalities in Friesland, Groningen and Flevoland. Jan Eichhorn, chairman of the group of the GroenLinks party in Hollands Kroon local council, made inquiries with his colleagues in those municipalities. “None of them had found G4S among the contacted companies. The claim of G4S is completely wrong.”

Nevertheless, the multinational came out as the cheapest during the tender. G4S, however, could not explain how it could achieve those wonderful rates in combination with good care. The term was extended a few times so that G4S could put everything neatly on paper. But when the plan of approach was finally received, it did not meet the quality requirements. That was the reason for Hollands Kroon, the municipality now says, not to do business with this giant at the last minute. …

Despite the lost tender, G4S is already in healthcare via an opaque construction, according to research by De Groene Amsterdammer. G4S has been supplying people in healthcare and welfare since 2012 through its own employment agency Inzetbaar BV. At the moment, the company is looking for a mental health psychologist, a forensic therapeutic employee in a youth prison and a psychiatric nurse. Inzetbaar describes itself as a “saving angel” in the sector, because in addition to healthcare personnel, the company also immediately provides security guards “to all our customers”. And let parent company G4S supply these security guards. …

With this, G4S immediately tapped into a market for its own security guards. According to Paul Ponsaers, emeritus professor of criminology at Ghent University, it is a proven method that is also used in Belgium. In addition to forensic psychiatric centers, G4S also runs winter shelters for the homeless. “The private security sector is trying to break into sectors that used to be operated only by the state or non-profit organisations,” he said recently in the Belgian weekly Knack.

Corporations are now also bidding on these tasks – the larger they are, the cheaper they can offer them. “Those companies don’t have to make a profit there right away. They are mainly trying to occupy that territory and organize it so that no one else can take it over, “said Ponsaers. Look at companies such as Uber, Amazon and Alibaba, who are trying to become the world market leader (or rather: world monopolist) with dump prices. Later, prices will rise. …

The question is also what quality these large companies provide. Because G4S certainly did not just bluff itself to an assignment in Hollands Kroon. The company, it boasted in Great Britain, was able to supply as many as 100,000 security guards for the London Olympics in 2012, even though 10,400 were needed. But when push came to shove, it did not even get seven thousand security guards. The British government suddenly had to deploy the army, removing men and women from the mission in Afghanistan.

Our Belgian colleagues at Knack recently discovered another example of the bluff surrounding the tender of two so-called transition houses, where ex-prisoners can prepare for a good return to society. The government prepared a 910 thousand euro subsidy for two of these transition houses. Thirteen organizations (mainly non-profit) were candidates, but the multinational G4S came out – to the surprise of many – as the best.

An important argument was the collaboration with the Dutch Exodus foundation, which has been running ten of these houses since 1995 and enjoys a reliable reputation due to good recidivism figures. But our colleagues at Knack discovered that all the staff of these transition houses are on the payroll of G4S. In addition, Exodus director Jan van Gils knew nothing about it four months after the official grant award. “That decision has not yet been taken. That is still with the Belgian ministry. “He had to hear from journalists, while all preparations for the opening of the second (including “his”) transition house had already been started.

G4S is also a company with a certain reputation. The poignant documentary Prison for Profit was recently released, which tells about Mangaung prison. This first privately run correctional facility in South Africa was opened in 2001. Operator G4S promised paradise. The documentary shows leaked surveillance videos of torture in prison, former prisoners and prisoners tell about it. In addition, journalist Ruth Hopkins, who researched Mangaung for years, discovered that G4S was not cheaper for taxpayers at all.

In recent years, more and more large companies such as G4S have taken over government tasks in Great Britain. They collect trash, sweep streets, secure ministries and other government buildings, carry out airport checks, train unemployed people, run asylum seekers’ centers and manage prisons. They make profits of hundreds of millions of euros, and voluntary organizations and social enterprises can no longer compete with them.

The British government intervened in 2018 with Her Majesty’s Prison Birmingham. The male prison staff had completely lost control. Inspections revealed that the wings were full of vomit, blood, cockroaches and rat droppings. The detainees were on drugs en masse, ended up in fights or dared not to come out of the cell for fear of all intimidation. The prison was run by G4S. A year earlier, the BBC broadcast a documentary about Northumberland prison, where alarm systems were not working and drugs were being used extensively. The prison was run by Sodexo, the French company that mainly operates canteens in offices in the Netherlands.

Despite the scandals, the British government continues to work with commercial parties. Bloomberg recently calculated that nearly 20 percent of the 82,000 British prisoners are housed by G4S, Serco and Sodexo.

G4S did manage to win an ankle band contract in 2014 under the guise of public-private partnerships. During the period when the Netherlands awarded G4S the contract, the company was under fire in Great Britain for providing this service. The company charged the government anklets for inmates who had died long and wide. G4S settled with the British government for £ 109 million (€ 125 million).

That is by no means a big deal for this many-headed monster, which last year turned over 8.5 billion euros in ninety countries with approximately six hundred subsidiaries.

G4S proudly reports that it protects the airport in BaghdadIraq, Afghanistan or Congo – the multinational is fully active in conflict areas. Uncertainty, terrorism, geopolitical shifts and continued instability in the Middle East create risks as well as opportunities for the security industry, the annual report said.

European G4S leader Graham Levinsohn said at a conference in Rome last fall: “We already have millions of cameras hanging all of which collect massive amounts of data.” G4S and the other companies are holding gold, “because those cameras can help us track trends in to map and predict safety needs’.

The Member of Parliament Kees Verhoeven (D66) is questioning this. According to him, the European privacy law (avg) is fairly simple and clear. “You have to get permission from people before you can use and process their data. There is regular discussion about whether this permission has been asked, and it is almost never the case. “He mentions companies such as Facebook and Instagram. They force people to accept all kinds of “shadowy” conditions, otherwise you will not be on the platform. “Later they can then say that you clicked on agreement and thus gave permission.”

You usually don’t even know about G4S that they capture images with cameras. The company is experimenting not only with the average camera, but now also with the use of drones to ‘patrol’, eg, over port areas or large events. …

G4S has been asked to respond several times, but the corporation has not answered our questions.

Dutch VVD party profits from G4S privatisation of police: here.

G4S private imprisonment corporation refugee abuse scandal

Britain: demonstration against G4S and their treatment of asylum seekers – they are being driven out of the immigration sector

From daily News Line in Britain:

G4S driven out of immigration

26th September 2019

PRIVATE firm G4S has been forced out of the immigration sector it was announced yesterday after the scandal at detention centre Brook House in which refugees and asylum seekers were allegedly abused.

G4S will now not seek further deals to run immigration removal centres it announced yesterday, confirming it would no longer run Brook House and Tinsley House immigration removal centres once the contract expires next year.

Undercover footage from BBC’s Panorama at Brook House in 2017 showed officials mocking, abusing and assaulting detainees at the facility. A detainee was filmed being throttled by a member of G4S staff, and there were claims of systematic abuse.

The Panorama documentary on Brook House in 2017 sparked a scandal and 15 of the 21 staff allegedly involved resigned or were sacked. For the first time ever, a judge ordered a public inquiry into conditions at an immigration removal centre to investigate claims of ‘systemic and institutional failures’. It is expected to start next year.

Between 2012 and 2018, G4S made a gross profit of £14.3m from running Brook House, and there were claims it had been inaccurately reporting its activities to generate profits of up to 20% of revenues. It has managed the facility, which holds up to 508 adult men, since it opened in 2009 under a Home Office contract.

The contract was due to end in 2018 but was temporarily extended until May 2020. It was reported that Serco was believed to be a front-runner to take over.

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, pledged at the Labour Party conference that the entire detention estate will be reviewed.

She said: ‘We will welcome refugees, including child refugees. We will proudly uphold the torture ban and treat the victims of torture with humanity, not detentions and deportations.

‘We will end indefinite immigration detention, and limit it to the 28 days MPs were originally promised.

‘And we will close Yarl’s Wood and Brook House detention centres and review the entire detention estate.’

G4S mercenaries’ private prison scandal in England

G4S private prison in Birmingham, England

By Sam Tobin in Britain:

Monday, August 20, 2018

G4S ‘should be stripped of public contracts and barred from further ones’

UNDER-FIRE outsourcing giant G4S should be stripped of its public contracts and barred from any further justice projects following its disastrous mismanagement of Birmingham prison, unions and politicians said today.

The beleaguered privateer lost another prison contract after HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) discovered “appalling” squalor in the jail and that violent prisoners were able to act with “near-impunity.”

G4S had its contract to run Britain’s first private prison, HMP Wolds in east Yorkshire, cancelled in 2012 after a damning HMIP report.

The government also had to take over youth prison Medway Secure Training Centre in 2016 following allegations that staff had assaulted children at the centre.

In May, the Home Office extended G4S’s contract to run Brook House and another immigration removal centre for two years, despite testimony to the High Court that “widespread, high-end abuse … by a significant number of people” was prevalent there.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said “the crisis at HMP Birmingham is just the latest privatisation failure in justice.” He called on the government to “exclude G4S from further justice contracts.”

Prison officers’ union POA general secretary Steve Gillan emphasised that the government’s decision to take over HMP Birmingham was “no reflection” on its staff, who have been “placed in an unacceptable position by failed government policies.”

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The colossal negligence at HMP Birmingham shows the disastrous impact that G4S and other private companies have on public services.

“The government suggests that the Ministry of Justice need to step in, give a helping hand and then return the contract to G4S. That’s simply ludicrous.

“If ordinary working people didn’t do the job they were hired to do, they’d be sacked. It’s time for G4S to be stripped of their public contracts.”

Ian Lawrence, general secretary of probation officers’ union Napo, said: “So, HMP Birmingham taken back into state control from G4S. Yes, the same G4S I saw sniffing round the trough at the probation sell-off recently.”

In a remark addressed to Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, Mr Lawrence added: “Probation has suffered enough failures already. We don’t need this bunch of privateers to add to them.”

Former HMP Birmingham prisoners reveal how bad the jail really is: here.

Privatisation has failed at Birmingham Prison and everywhere else. “APPALLING” squalor and violence at HMP Birmingham should surely be the nail in the coffin for private security firm G4S: here.

‘Ministers must halt all privatisation’ following HMP Birmingham scandal. Labour warns outsourcing is ‘putting the public in danger’: here.

Damning report reveals shocking treatment of migrants at G4S-run Tinsley House immigration centre: here.

Exclusive: Racist G4S guard involved in migrant’s death is still allowed to work in private security industry: here.

Guards for hire: Special report on the private security industry: here.

Private company [Mitie] under fire over man’s death in immigration detention. Amir Siman-Tov from Morocco died while on suicide watch at Colnbrook in 2016: here.

G4S abusive mercenaries in England

This BBC video says about itself:

Panorama Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets Documentary 2017

4 September 2017

On the front line of the fight to control immigration, BBC Panorama goes undercover in an Immigration Removal Centre and reveals chaos, incompetence and abuse.

The centre is a staging post for detainees who face deportation from the UK. It is a toxic mix, and detainees who have overstayed visas or are seeking asylum can share rooms with foreign national criminals who have finished prison sentences.

Some have been held in the privately run centre for many months, even years. The covert footage, recorded by a detainee custody officer, reveals widespread self-harm and attempted suicides in a centre where drugs, particularly the synthetic cannabis substitute spice, are rife. Many officers do their best to control the chaos, but some are recorded mocking, abusing and even assaulting detainees.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

G4S bosses grilled over abuses at Brook House

Friday 15th September 2017

LABOUR MPs gave bosses at hated security firm G4S a severe dressing down yesterday while grilling them about serious abuse at an immigration centre run by the company.

Jerry Petherick and Peter Neden were hauled in front of the Commons home affairs committee after BBC’s Panorama secretly filmed shocking incidents of abuse in Brook House, near Gatwick Airport.

Footage shows staff physically attacking detainees and mocking those who were receiving medical treatment after self-harming or taking drugs, such as synthetic cannabis “Spice.”

Committee member and Labour MP Naz Shah told G4S custodial and detention centres managing director Mr Petherick: “I’m surprised we have not seen a death on your watch.

“Whether that be by Spice, whether that is by abuse of staff, whether that be by strangulation, whether that be by cold-blooded murder by your staff.”

Mr Neden — G4S regional president for Britain and Ireland — said 10 staff members have since been suspended, of whom three have been sacked.

He continued: “I was ashamed of what I saw. I am very sorry for what we saw. If we were in any way aware of any of that behaviour we would have taken action.

“We are undertaking an immediate action plan to make sure that this can’t happen again.”

He was rebuked by Labour MP and committee chair Yvette Cooper, who said the incidents were “remarkably similar” to those previously recorded by Panorama at the G4S-run Medway young offenders unit, when the firm had promised action would be taken.

Mr Neden also denied reports by the Guardian that the firm makes profits of 20.7 per cent on its £11.2 million-a-year government contract for the centre while its contract stipulates a profit limit of 6.8 per cent.

He said the claims were “simply wrong” but refused to elaborate.

Ms Cooper said after that meeting that the managers’ answers were “not good enough.”

“They were unable to tell us what lessons were learned from similar problems in Medway. Nor could they tell us why management failed to identify these problems,” she said.

“We also heard disturbing allegations that G4S misled the Home Office to increase their profit, which we will pursue further.

“Clearly it would be completely unacceptable for a company to earn substantial profits from providing a service which has abused or harmed some of those in its custody.”

British G4S anti-refugee scandal

This BBC video from Britain is called Teenage Prison – Undercover Prison Documentary 2017. It is about one of many G4S corporation private prison scandals.

And now, another one.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

G4S suspends 9 after abuse horror exposé

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Notorious security firm under fire again as officers accused of assaulting detainees

HATED private security firm G4S suspended nine members of its staff at a detention centre yesterday following allegations of abuse and assault, sparking fresh condemnation of Britain’s “broken” immigration system.

An investigation has been launched after the BBC’s Panorama claimed it had undercover footage of officers “mocking, abusing and even assaulting detainees” at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick.

The programme said it had also found “widespread self-harm and attempted suicides” at the facility and that drug use there is “rife.”

G4S announced that nine members of staff have been suspended pending further investigation into the claims in the latest scandal to hit the notorious firm.

The claims have triggered widespread criticism not only of the firm but of Britain’s cruel immigration system where migrants are said to be held in indefinite detention “for the convenience of the Home Office.”

Lisa Matthews, co-ordinator of Right to Remain, which campaigns against injustices in the asylum and immigration systems, described the allegations as “sickening but not shocking, because immigration detention is in itself abusive and hidden away from the public eye.”

She said: “Detention is violent, harmful and immoral. It cannot be acceptable to deprive people of their liberty solely for the administrative convenience of the state.”

The group calls for radical reform of a “broken and wasteful” system.

Separately to the allegations, an official inspection of Brook House has raised concerns that the facility is “stark and impersonal” with unsatisfactory sanitary facilities, making detainees feel as though they are being held in a prison.

Four men had been held there for more than two years and the average length of detention had increased from 28 to 48 days.

The single most common reason for detention, according to the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, is seeking asylum.

Britain is the only country in Europe that detains migrants indefinitely, a practice that has been criticised by a number of monitoring bodies, Detention Forum said.

“Anyone who does not have a secure immigration status is at risk of detention. Detention separates families, including parents from their children,” the group said, adding that nearly 30,000 people are routinely locked up every year “for administrative reasons in prison-like conditions.”

The Scottish National Party’s spokesperson on Immigration, asylum and border control Stuart McDonald MP said: “People are simply being detained for the convenience of the Home Office, for an unlimited time, without committing any crime.”

Labour also hit out at the practice. “These are people who are not criminals, they are being detained,” Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire said.

“And the use of detention, unfortunately, over the last few years has, by the Home Office, become a port of first resort rather than last resort as it is supposed to be.”

Yesterday, the Home Office confirmed that MPs are reporting people to its immigration enforcement hotline.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that the government had received 482 tipoffs from MPs between 2014 and 2016, the website politics.co.uk said.

It raises the possibility that MPs are reporting their own constituents following request for help from them.

The Green Party hit out at MP collusion with the Home Office calling it a “fundamental betrayal of trust” and demanded the MPs involved come clean about how they discovered the information.

Privatisation and handover of British policing to G4S is already well underway: here.

G4S, Serco British refugee housing scandal

This video from Australia says about itself:

Serco does not like it when refugees get to have human contact

Leonora 2012, Day 1.

Between the 26th and the 29th of January 2012, the Refugee Rights Action Network went to Leonora to visit the 160 unaccompanied children that the Australian Government has locked up, by themselves, in immigration detention.

When we arrived there, we were told by Serco that they had explained who we are to the boys (and that we came with gifts), and that they were told that no one inside wanted visitors or the MP3 players or arts supplies we brought with us. As usual, they lied.

And Australia is not the only country where Serco, and their G4S fellow mercenaries, treat refugees problematically.

By Conrad Landin in Britain:

Damp, Squalid and Infested with Rats

Tuesday 31st January 2017

The shocking state of Britain’s housing for refugees

REFUGEES are being housed in “disgraceful” accommodation full of rats and rot, a damning report from MPs says today.

A probe by the home affairs select committee found that the Home Office and outsourcing giants Serco and G4S have failed to ensure vulnerable people are safely provided for.

The report, published this morning, slams the government’s inspection, compliance and complaints regimes for asylum-seeker accommodation.

It says one woman’s kitchen was “full of mice” who “even ran across the dining table while we were eating.”

Another refugee found rats in his home — triggered flashbacks of being tortured in a prison cell in his home country.

It says ministers have failed to adequately disperse refugees, with asylum-seekers “concentrated in a small number of the most deprived areas.”

Prime Minister Theresa May’s own borough of Windsor and Maidenhead had not housed a single dispersed asylum-seeker, according to figures for the third quarter of 2016 published in the report.

The committee says councils should be forced to take refugees if they do not do so voluntarily.

Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper fumed: “The state of accommodation for some asylum-seekers and refugees in this country is a disgrace. And the current contract system just isn’t working. Major reforms are needed.

“We have come across too many examples of vulnerable people in unsafe accommodation, for example children living with infestations of mice, rats or bed bugs, lack of healthcare for pregnant women, or inadequate support for victims of rape and torture. No-one should be living in conditions like that.”

Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said it was “simply unacceptable.”

The committee also said the current system of contracting out housing provision should be scrapped.

Currently asylum support services are outsourced via six regional contracts, and then subcontracted to a complex web of providers.

Clearsprings Group, which holds two of the franchises, is the only provider with experience of asylum accommodation.

The other four contracts are held by the controversial outsourcing giants Serco and G4S.

The MPs found the system had prevented councils from imposing standards and that a catalogue of contractual breaches have been met with inadequate and inconsistent penalties.

Civil Service union PCS said the crisis was “inseparable” from the underfunding of public services.

“This is a harrowing account of how catastrophically and shamefully this government is failing asylum-seekers and the communities where they live,” the union’s general secretary Mark Serwotka said.

“The Home Office must be given the resources to process claims efficiently, so people are not left in limbo, and the profit motive must be removed so central and local government can plan properly how to provide this vital public service.”

Charities campaigning for the rights of refugees welcomed the report.

Freedom from Torture senior policy adviser Lucy Gregg said: “Time and time again we see shocking examples of how suppliers of asylum housing are failing to meet their most basic obligations, forcing survivors of torture to live in inappropriate, poorly-maintained and unsafe accommodation.”

And Natasha Walter, from the charity Women for Refugee Women, said: “We work with many women who have suffered extreme human rights abuses and who find that the accommodation they are offered in the asylum process is completely unsuitable for their needs.”

STRIKES across four London hospitals today expose the scandal of NHS privatisation as low-paid workers fight multinational privateer Serco for a pay rise: here.

‘WE WANT a pay rise!’ said over 200 striking Bart’s NHS Trust ancillary workers employed by privateer SERCO at the trust’s four London hospitals: here.

‘WE WANT a 3% pay rise. SERCO are making us work more for no extra money,’ Unite hospital worker Florence Kwao said yesterday on the second day of the 200 workers’ 48- hour strike: here.


Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants blockade Serco HQ in Yarl’s Wood protest: here.

‘Total oil, G4S mercenaries killl Yemeni workers’

This video says about itself:

Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen

30 August 2015

As Saudi ground troops enter Northern Yemen with US backing, Amnesty International charges Saudis with alleged war crimes.

As if the bloody Saudi war on Yemen is not bad enough already …

From Socialistworld.net:


Three employees found killed, as workers demand unpaid wages


Solidarity with workers and their families! Justice for the slain employees!

We recently received the following letter from a representative of 200 workers in Sana’a, Yemen, detailing how they have been abused and left unpaid for their work by the highly profitable oil company TOTAL and its then subcontractor, the security firm G4S. The letter further states that in early December, three workers were killed by an armed gang allegedly on the payroll of these companies. Several multinational companies have halted their operations in Yemen in 2015, the outbreak of the war being used as an excuse to leave many workers deprived of months of overdue income. The CWI calls upon its supporters to help these workers bring their case out and to denounce these scandalous practices by writing protest letters to the companies concerned as well as to the Yemeni authorities, to assist these workers in obtaining justice.


Dear comrades and friends,

We bring to your attention this complaint on behalf of two hundred employees against the French oil company TOTAL, as well as against the security company G4S Yemen.

On Saturday December 3, an armed gang killed 3 employees who were working as security guards in a TOTAL compound.

The two private companies unilaterally finished their contracts at the end of 2015 and pulled out of Yemen without paying their workers their wages or any redundancy compensation. As a result, the workers brought a case to the labor court in Sana’a against these companies. The court issued a decision on December 15, 2015 to provisionally seize all the money that G4S made with TOTAL as well as the property and buildings of TOTAL in Sana’a to ensure the rights and entitlements of the staff, and ordered the reimbursement of their wage arrears.

The Court of Appeal on June 13, 2016 also ordered G4S to pay all the workers’ wages from beginning of 2016 up to June, and to continue to pay them until the case came to an end and the workers got their rights.

When contacted, TOTAL said that “TOTAL E&P Yemen (TEPY) previously had a contract with G4S for the provision of guard services (the “Contract”). TEPY has fulfilled all of its obligations and made all payments due in relation to the Contract.”

G4S, on their side, argue that “We confirm that the entity trading in Yemen as ‘G4S Yemen’ is doing so without any right to use the G4S name or logo and that the entity is not trading as a G4S company, G4S has no involvement in the management or operation of this company.”

In short, both companies decline responsibility in the matter. Meanwhile, one year on, the workers’ families are suffering from hunger, disease and poverty. Some of them have lost children and some have lost their homes and became homeless because they could not pay their rent.

Because of the war and the bad security in Yemen, the representatives of TOTAL and G4S in Yemen have simply ignored the decisions of the court. To intimidate the workers protesting against these practices, we believe they hired armed gangs to rob the employees, who eventually killed three of them.

The workers’ families hope that you report this issue as widely as possible in order to build pressure seeking the arrest of the killers, and to demand that the rights of all these workers are fully satisfied.

Thank you for your support.

You can send letters of protest to:

– caroline.skinner@uae.g4s.com (Caroline Skinner, Regional General Counsel Middle-East of G4S – phone calls can also be made on +971 (0) 4 434 2130)

– philip.jordan@total.com (Philip Jordan, Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Total SA – phone calls can also be made on +33 1 4744 4215)

– courts@moj.gov.ye (Yemen’s Ministry of Justice)

With copies to:

– cwi@socialistworld.net

– abdulalimsaeed@gmail.com

How G4S tolerated the homophobic hatred of Orlando’s gay bar murderer: here.

Anti-private prisons demonstration

This video from England says about itself:

15 November 2016

Dozens of activists wore handcuffs and carried signs in a demonstration against the European Custody and Detention Summit outside the Tower of London, in the British capital on Tuesday. Security companies, prison builders and arms companies were meeting at the summit to discuss new security techniques.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Prison firms summit targeted by protesters

Wednesday 16th November 2016

HUMAN rights campaigners protested outside a security industry conference in London yesterday, accusing firms of “profiting from migrant suffering.”

The protest took place outside the Tower of London where security firms including scandal-hit G4S staged a European Custody and Detention Summit.

Organisers of the demo Global Justice Now said the summit’s agenda exposed the commercial motivations of the companies involved which profit from militarised borders and detention centres across the world.

The protesters displayed barcodes on their bodies, symbolising the profits being made from the suffering deep-rooted in prisons, borders and the arms industry.

Migration campaigner at Global Justice Now Aisha Dodwell said: “There’s such an ocean of human misery and suffering involved in militarised borders, detention centres and prisons, and it’s obscene that a private sector is not only making billions of pounds out of that misery, but actively looking for ways to expand its markets.”

G4S mercenaries’ ambulance drivers union busting

This video from Britain says about itself:

Olympians to Young OffendersG4S‘s Serious Fraud Investigation?

10 August 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on how long British taxpayers will have to pay for the security company G4S. With OFSTED announcing Medway Young Offenders is in shambles, what else will the Serious Fraud Office investigation uncover?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

G4S ambulance staff strike over low pay

Tuesday 1st November 2016

AMBULANCE drivers employed at St George’s hospital in Tooting, south London, by bungling privateers G4S are on strike today.

The G4S Patient Transport employees are in dispute over poor wages and working conditions compared to other staff.

Their union GMB has rejected a last-minute offer from G4S and St George’s NHS Trust which failed to put workers on a similar footing to other patient transport drivers in the area or with other NHS workers at the hospital.

It says conditions for the staff have been allowed to decline as jobs have been outsourced to a number of private-sector contractors.

But G4S has suspended GMB’s workplace reps and sought to talk to staff over the union’s head, the union says.

GMB regional organiser Kieron Merrett said: “G4S must reinstate GMB’s workplace reps and come back to the negotiating table with a deal which ends the undervaluing of G4S workers at St George’s.”

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