This Is Not News: Our Clients In Brook House IRC Have Been Complaining About Abuse From G4S Detention Officers For Years

Patrick Page | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Patrick Page

Many of our clients watched the Panorama exposé whilst in detention. One, Vitor Cassombe, a Portuguese national, was detained at Brook House until the day the documentary was aired.

Britain's Brutal Immigration Detention System

Diane Abbott | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Immigration detention and the abuses related to it get far less attention than they should. This is largely because it concerns immigrants and, in the current toxic state of the debate around immigration, it is hard to excite public and media concern. That makes it even more praiseworthy that the BBC devoted a whole Panorama programme to the shocking and brutal conditions in Brook House detention centre.

Labour Conference Under Threat As Security Firm Rules Out Providing Emergency Stewarding

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics

Labour’s annual conference is on the brink of being cancelled after a security firm turned down a last minute request to steward the event. G4S has ...

G4S Contractor Admits Red Door 'Apartheid' Issue Was Known 4 Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

The contractor charged by G4S with housing asylum seekers in North East England, has admitted it knew four years ago about issues housing clients in p...

G4S Leaked Emails Show Security Bosses Knew Of Red Door 'Issue' For Years

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK

G4S bosses knew for years that there was an issue with homes that marked out asylum seekers with red front doors but refused to do anything about it, ...

Why We Protested Against G4S

Zarah Sultana | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

Evidently, G4S has an extensive history of scandals and its disregard for human rights is becoming increasingly transparent. To bring that reality a little closer into the public's view, we decided to briefly "shut s**t down" a busy central London road on Tuesday morning.

Detention Breaks the Soul

Nabil Al-Inzy | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Nabil Al-Inzy

I have seen how detention is bad for the physical and emotional wellbeing of those detained, especially those who are kept there for months, not knowing when it will end. It is important to remember that these are not criminals but people who have been refused asylum or broken immigration rules - complex systems which few people understand. I believe that if an asylum seeker has the reasonable reason to stay within the government rules they should grant them asylum or send them home with dignity -not keep them in detention for a long period. Detention breaks the soul.

G4S' Guantánamo Contract is a British Embarrassment

Kevin Lo | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Kevin Lo

The largest security services firm in the world, British company G4S, has accepted a £71million contract to run "base support operating services" at Guantánamo Bay... The UK government cannot turn a blind eye at a British company running a torture facility. The British public deserves an explanation.

Foreign Office Defends G4S Presence at Human Rights Conference

Maya Esslemont | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Maya Esslemont

Government officials spoke out on Friday, after it emerged that controversial corporation G4S provided the security at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Asylum Seeker Accommodation 'Unacceptably Poor'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

Vulnerable asylum seekers were left in "unacceptably poor" accommodation following a bungled Home Office project, an influential committee of MPs has ...

The Scientists Have Got Their Priorities Wrong - We Need Fewer Death Robots and More Hoverboards

Matt Lacey | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

Next year we'll reach the year in which Back to the Future is set, and though there's a disappointing lack of hoverboards around, a number of their other predictions proved to be fairly prophetic.

Prisoners Don't Riot in Private Prisons - They're Aggressively Resourceful

Michael Spicer | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Michael Spicer

G4S, the private security firm that sounds like a carving in a wood tree, has refused to class a riot in its Oakwood Prison as a 'riot', despite the fact that scenes one would normally associate with rioting were witnessed by prison officers such as upturned pool tables, random things being on fire and prisoners shouting 'This is a successful riot we're currently engaged in.'

G4S Faces Probe Over 'Complicity' In Israel's Occupation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

G4S could be investigated by international authorities amid allegations that it supplies Israel with security equipment for use at military checkpoint...

'Serious Disturbance' At Oakwood Prison

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Security firm G4S is tackling an incident at Oakwood Prison. It is an "ongoing incident" which has now been "contained", a spokesman said. No fu...

Here's 6 Reasons Privatized Prisons Are A Terrible Idea

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Justice secretary Chris Grayling loves private-run prisons so much that he singled out HMP Oakwood as his favourite prison, but are they as good as mi...

News Punch: The Pythons, The Police and Some Prophylactics

Marc Paterson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

It's been a week of reunions and revelations this week. The first team to get back together to relive the tomfoolery of their past is G4S. G4S to Man...

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

'This Is Wolverhampton, Not Saudi Arabia'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

A prison has introduced a strict dress code - for visitors. HMP Oakwood's directive was compared to Saudi Arabia by prison reform campaigners, who ...

Guess Who Wants To Look After Your Banknotes?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

G4S, the security firm behind the London Olympics 2012 security debacle, is reportedly bidding to manage the new polymer banknotes that the Bank of En...

Why Is G4S Rushing To Raise £600m?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

G4S, the private security giant, rushed to raise nearly £600 million in by selling shares and businesses in a major push to ward off a ratings downgr...

We Own It - A Message for Railways, Royal Mail, the NHS and Much More

Natalie Bennett | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The public - and the Green Party - understand that privatisation and outsourcing have been disastrous, built on putting public funds straight into private profits, cutting the pay and condition of workers and the quality of services. And all too often, as we've been finding with the water companies - the piling of debts on to essential public services, while capital is extracted to further boost private profits and financial risks multiplied.

Holding the Private Sector to Account or Holding Critics at Bay?

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

Margaret Hodge, MP, chair of the UK government's public accounts committee, has confirmed reviews into the UK Border Agency's COMPASS contract and into private sector delivery of public services.

G4S Worker Involved In Child's Death Promoted At Children's Home

Chris York | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK

A G4S worker involved in a restraining procedure that led to the death of a 15-year-old boy has been promoted to safety, health and environment manage...

Why We Need Woman vs The State (UK)

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the outsourcing giant G4S' flailing track record to deliver on public service contracts have been exploding across our newspapers, blogs and screens.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne's '100% Cuts' Pledge

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 12 July 2013... 1) OSBORNE'S '100% CUTS' PLEDGE Both the Telegraph and the Times splash on George Osb...