17 October 2010

A company which specialise in, amongst other things, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants and providing bodyguards to the rich and famous is bidding for contracts to get claimants back to work.

With almost 600,000 employees worldwide G4S claims to be the second largest private employer in the world.  It provides security for a massive range of different areas, from protection for wealthy people and their property to delivering cash to banks.  They also provide ‘secure detention and escorting of people who are not lawfully entitled to remain in a country’.

In the UK, G4S has over 40,000 employees and boasts that it provides services to 59 FTSE 100 companies and most government departments.

G4S is currently bidding to provide the new Work Programme which is to replace a wide range  of current Back to Work projects, including Pathways to Work.  The multinational is looking for partners to join it in its bid and assures potential collaborators that ‘we guarantee access for jobseekers to tens of thousands of meaningful, suitable jobs both through our own vacancies and those of our corporate partners.’

Whether those jobs will involve working in detention centres, deporting asylum seekers or acting as bodyguards or multi-millionaires is not made clear.


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