August 2016

30
Aug
2016
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Snitches, Stings & Leaks: how Immigration Enforcement works

Immigration raid in a restaurant
The Byron Hamburgers "sting" was no one-off. This report, analysing leaked Home Office documents, shows how the 6,000 workplace raids a year rely on “low grade” public informing, employers collaborating to target workers, and Immigration Officers acting without legal warrants.

15
Aug
2016
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Tapped up by Affinity Water

If you live in Shepway you’ll have seen your water bills steadily rise since the supply was privatised in 1989.

The companies you’ve been paying to have changed, but the bills have kept going up. The latest company to benefit from this is Affinity Water, which took over  from Veolia towards the end of 2014. 

A quick delve into their website shows that this innocuously named service provider is owned by: the Prudential insurance company, global megabank Morgan Stanley and the Chinese government, with notorious water profiteer Veolia continuing to hold a 10% share. Exactly who you’d want supplying a vital public service, right?

The argument for privatisation was that companies would run the service more efficiently and would bring much-needed investment to the country’s crumbling pipes. Sure they’d make a profit, but they’d also make the service better.


01
Aug
2016
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Byron Burgers sending millions to owners offshore while workers are deported

The Byron burger chain is facing a wave of protests and condemnation for helping the Home Office organize a series of immigration raids on its London restaurants that led to the arrest of 35 of its workers from Albania, Brazil, Nepal and Egypt last week.

And while their company is collaborating with the Home Office to deport people, Corporate Watch has found that the owners of Byron are siphoning millions of pounds offshore.

Since buying Byron in 2013, investment fund Hutton Collins has already made £14m through a complicated financial scheme that sees money routed through the Channel Islands Stock Exchange to companies in Luxembourg.