August 2015

27
Aug
2015
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Imprisoned for singing in Kurdish: support Nûdem Durak

This year, Kurdish singer Nûdem Durak was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison. She was arrested and imprisoned on 22nd April 2015. Her family say she was falsely convicted of being a member of the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (Koma Civakên Kurdistan or KCK).  She was also accused of helping people to join the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and helping to organise demonstrations in 2009 against Turkish military repression of Kurdish people in her hometown of Cizre, North Kurdistan (the part of Kurdistan within Turkey's borders).


27
Aug
2015
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Building autonomy in Turkey and Kurdistan: an interview with Revolutionary Anarchist Action

In May this year, Corporate Watch researchers travelled to Turkey and Kurdistan to investigate the companies supplying military equipment to the Turkish police and army. We talked to a range of groups from a variety of different movements and campaigns


24
Aug
2015

Mitie profits over £2m from detention centres despite criticisms

Mitie Care and Custody, the company that runs the majority of Britain's immigration detention centres, has recorded a six fold increase in its annual profits. The firm cashed in over £2 million for the last financial year, up from £333,000.

The company's director attributed the profit rise to taking over the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres outside Heathrow airport in September 2014. The Home Office is paying Mitie £180m over an eight year contract to run these centres.

This contract has proved highly profitable for the company, but comes amid deteriorating care and decreasing staff morale at those centres, which used to be run by rival outsourcing giants Serco and the Geo Group.


14
Aug
2015
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Undercover policing and the Pitchford Inquiry

Writing for Corporate Watch, the Undercover Research Group give their take on the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing and what activists and those targeted by police operations can hope to get from it. They set out what the Inquiry will do, discuss the role activists can play in it, and regret what it will not cover, including corporate spying and blacklisting.


12
Aug
2015
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Carer sues MiHomecare for not paying minimum wage

A carer is taking legal action against the home care subsidiary of outsourcing giant Mitie after they did not pay her for time spent travelling between care visits to elderly, sick and disabled people.

Caroline Barlow, 56, worked for MiHomecare from October 2014 to February 2015 and attended an average of eight appointments a day at various locations in the South-West of England. Her stated pay rate was over £7 but she says the effective rate dropped to less than the minimum wage of £6.50 an hour when travel time was included.