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.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012


REMINDER: Tomorrow, Wednesday 27th June, is the day that representatives of G4S and Serco are billed to speak at a University of Leeds' Law School conference about the role of private companies and contractors in criminal justice services.

We will assemble outside the Liberty Building - near the Business School (see map) - at 8.30am tomorrow morning. We've printed off some copies of the above flyer, but other leaflets about G4S related campaigns would be much appreciated.

Get in touch at notog4s(at)gmail.com if you have any enquiries - we hope to see you there!

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