A new campaign has been started in Yorkshire in opposition to G4S taking over all asylum accommodation provision in the region.
A letter signed by more than 25 academics in the fields of housing and immigration stated: “G4S, the proposed private managing landlord in Yorkshire, are a mega international corporation – the second largest private employer in the world and the largest employer quoted on the British Stock Exchange. They already (2011) have British government contracts worth around £600 million. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles, according to the Annual Report, gets an annual salary and shares worth £2.4 million and a possible annual bonus of £1.2 million. His pension pot is at present worth £7 million. We believe few people in Yorkshire if they were told would believe their taxpayers money should be awarded to such a company to manage asylum seeker housing.”
In December last year, Corporate Watch revealed that the preferred bidders for asylum accommodation provision across the country for the next five years were none other but Serco, G4S and Reliance, the three multinational security companies that manage most immigration prisons and forcible deportations in the UK. The contracts are due to be signed by the end of February.