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.

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Organisations:

G4S: Securing Whose World? - Open Democracy column on G4S' activities across the world.

West Midlands Against Policing for Profit - West Midlands based campaign to stop the corporate takeover of the West Midlands Police.

SYMAAG - South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group - This Sheffield based group have been at the forefront of the no to G4S campaign. Visit their website for more information about other campaigns and the work they do in Sheffield.

No Borders - Cross-country organisation campaigning for freedom of movement and the rights of migrants.

Institute for Race Relations - Organisation that campaigns for racial equality and justice that have continually published articles on the no to G4S campaign.

Excellent article from Ruth Wishart on the private sectors' inability to protect the dignity and rights of asylum seekers across the UK.

More on G4S:

The Alternative Report and Accounts delivered by protesters to the G4S AGM in June, 2012.

The Guardian's page on G4S related articles. Journalists Paul Lewis (covered the Jimmy Mubenga case), James Legge and Matthew Taylor have managed to bring the question of G4S' dominance over government contracts to the forefront of national media.

Corporate Watch file on G4S (previously known as Group 4 Falck).

Who Profits analysis of G4S' involvement in the occupation of Palestinian territories.

G4S' own page on their upcoming contracts with the government.

G4S' contract for the "Social Cohesion Manager" job for the Yorkshire and Humberside region. A refreshingly explicit detailing of their approach to service provision.

COMPASS Corporate Partner FAQs. 

Part of G4S' training schemes are said to have included this video that was leaked to the Guardian. G4S now states that the video is no longer in use.

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