Category «G4S»

“G4S: Olympic Chaos, Asylum Housing Chaos” – A SYMAAG Statement

  Private security army G4S have been in the news a lot recently. And not just because they are being paid £135 million of public money to house asylum seekers in Yorkshire, despite their record of abuse and racism towards them (for example, see here or here or here or here).   Most spectacularly, the world’s biggest security …

Target Housing: Sheffield Charity’s Reputation Shredded By G4S Deal

When G4S eventually won the COMPASS contract to house asylum seekers in Yorkshire, Humberside and the Midlands they were well aware that their experience with asylum seekers was limited to detaining them, transporting them to detention centres and (until the death of Jimmy Mubenga, while in G4S custody, in 2010) forcibly deporting them.    “They …

G4S and Jimmy Mubenga

Away from the front pages was the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge G4S with manslaughter following the death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan asylum seeker who died while being deported by G4S guards in 2010. According to eyewitnesses on the deportation flight Jimmy Mubenga was screaming “I can’t breathe” and “they’re …

Stopping the Privatisation of Asylum and Council Housing

 SYMAAG invited to Defend Council Housing conference   We’re pleased to report that SYMAAG members were invited to give a presentation at a recent conference of the Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaign group. They spoke about the danger that G4S pose to all social housing, not just asylum housing. They were warmly received and invited to work alongside …

Bradford woman gets re-housed: UKBA feel the pressure

It’s 3 weeks since we wrote the article below about a Bradford-based asylum seeking mother, and her baby being evicted and dumped in Doncaster. Since then SYMAAG and Why Refugee Women? are pleased to announce that she has been moved back to Bradford, to her friends, her women’s group, her baby’s doctor and her community.   “Adia” …

“Mobilising Outrage: our campaign against G4S”

Mobilising Outrage: campaigning with asylum seekers against security industry giant, G4S   John Grayson, 12 April 2012 About the author John Grayson works in Barnsley with the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action group (SYMAAG); has been a researcher and adult educator for many years for the WEA andNorthernCollege; and teaches atSheffieldHallamUniversity. A Yorkshire campaign …

Stop G4S Campaign Update & “No to G4S” blog

        For regular updates on campaigns against G4S and other private security armies see http://notog4s.blogspot.co.uk/   Stop G4S Campaign Update May 14th “Researching Privatisation: the case of G4S and Asylum Housing” Conference Thursday May 17th 10-4pm in Leeds. Contact us at dignitynotdetention@yahoo.co.uk for more details SYMAAG “Stop G4S” working group meeting Thursday …

STOP Prison Guards Housing Asylum Seekers demonstration

Outside Vulcan House giving the UK Borders Agency the message on February 15th STOP Prison Guards Housing Asylum Seekers STOP G4S!   Regional Demonstration: Thursday 1st March Assemble: 12.30 at Sheffield Town Hall. March to UK Borders Agency Regional HQ at Vulcan House, Millsands S3 8NS  “I don’t want a prison guard as my landlord” …

Stop Prison Guards Housing Asylum Seekers. Stop G4S

3rd February: Campaign Update SYMAAG’s John Grayson was interviewed by Toby Foster on Radio Sheffield about why G4S shouldn’t provide asylum seekers’ housing. Listen again at 7.45am during the programme. The Yorkshire Post newspaper of 3rd February has a detailed article on the subject, including statements from SYMAAG and G4S. There is also a letter …

Campaign Briefing: Asylum Seekers to be housed by prison guards

Campaign Briefing     Asylum Seekers to be housed by prison guards – G4S is coming to Yorkshire – unless we stop them   The UKBA through its ‘procurement’ arm COMPASS has announced that the three multinational security companies that manage most immigration prisons and forcible deportations in the UK G4S, SERCO and Reliance have emerged …

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