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SERCO, the Work Programme, and Detention Centre Cruelty.

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Amongst the dodgy companies now running the lives of the unemployed SERCO must have the worst, public, record.

This group, is the ‘preferred bidder’ for two Work Programme contracts (Here). But it is also part of a world-wide company. Amongst many many government funded contracts, it electronically tags asylum seekers, and carries maintenance of the UK Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales. Wikipedia has quite a list of the things SERCO is involved in – well funded by the public purse (Here).

SERCO also operates – some coincidence! – detention centres for immigrants in Australia. 

This  article by Nina Bernstein appeared in the Observer yesterday,

“Over the past year, riots, fires and suicidal protests left millions of dollars in damage at Serco-run centers from Christmas Island to Villawood, outside Sydney, and self-harm by detainees rose twelvefold, government documents show. In August, a government inspection report cited dangerous overcrowding, inadequate and ill-trained staff, no crisis planning and no requirement that Serco add employees when population exceeded capacity.

At the detention center Serco runs in Villawood, immigrants spoke of long, open-ended detentions making them crazy. Alwy Fadhel, 33, an Indonesian Christian who said he needed asylum from Islamic persecution, had long black hair coming out in clumps after being held for more than three years, in and out of solitary confinement.

“We talk to ourselves,” Mr. Fadhel said. “We talk to the mirror; we talk to the wall.”

Naomi Leong, a shy 9-year-old, was born in the detention camp. For more than three years, at a cost of about $380,000, she and her mother were held behind its barbed wire. Psychiatrists said Naomi was growing up mute, banging her head against the walls while her mother, Virginia Leong, a Malaysian citizen accused of trying to use a false passport, sank into depression.”

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

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  1. Words fail me.

    Money is all that matters to the pimps and the government.

    wishface

    October 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

  2. It’s a tough call but I think G4S could give them a run for their money. Expanding into catering and cleaning now too.

    “G4S is set to become one of the world’s biggest employers after agreeing to buy ISS, the Danish services provider, in an ambitious £5.2bn deal that seeks to create a global leader in outsourcing.

    The combined group will have revenues of nearly £16bn and employ more than 1m people, providing services from plant watering to security in Iraq to guards for the London Olympics. It will rank second only to Walmart in staff numbers for a private sector employer.”

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6e1e01b8-f889-11e0-ad8f-00144feab49a.html

    Surplus Labour

    October 18, 2011 at 12:32 am

  3. Could u tel me when on wk programme and u ave to go and do voluntary work who am I insured with as not being an employee or a voluntee,am forced to go and who wil do my health and saftey as thats law when u go to work where there is a payed employe.I belive we aint insured to do the work programme and it being illegal in that case to get us to volunteer when we aint insured to do it

    Wayne green

    November 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    • Its true you aint insured but if you complain to get round it they sanction you for not taking part seek leagal advice they are breaking the law sending you in to the work place uninsured

      Whistle blower

      November 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

  4. Would like also who can tel me when u are on work programme and are sent out to voluanteer who pays your bus fair to get from your home to where u
    Are sent to do your voluntary work or petrol money as what u get in dole money it STATES THIS IS WHAT THE LAW SAYS U NEED TO LIVE ON-NOT TO PAY FOR BUS FAIRS OR PETROL OR NE THING ELSE THAT THEY WANT U TO PAY FOR IF GOING 4 AN INTERTVIEW U CAN APPLY 4 A GRANT TO BUY A SUIT THEY DONT TEL U THAT EITHER

    Wayne green

    November 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

  5. If there is a lawyer out there could u tel me when u are homeless and use your benifit office as your postal address do they have the right to open your mail as I understood under the human rights act no body should tamper with my mail yet the manger my local dhss opens all my mail always and I belive under article 8 of human rights act he is breaking the law in opening my mail urgent answer needed thank u as want to put stop to manger thinking he is above the law ?

    Wayne green

    November 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm

  6. UNDER ARTICLE 8 HUMAN RIGHTS ACT IT STATES – EVERY ONE HAS RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR HIS PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE ,HIS HOME AND HIS CORRESPONDENCE , THERE SHALL BE NO INTERFERANCE BY PUBLIC AUTHORITY WITH THE EXERCISE OF THIS RIGHTS EXCEPT SUCH AS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW AND IS NECESSARY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY IN THE INTREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY,PUBLIC SAFTEY OR THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF THE COUNTRY .FOR THE PREVENTION OF DISORDER OR CRIME ,FOR THE PROTECTION OF HEALTH OR MORALS ,OR FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF OTHERS : SO WHEN U ARE ASKED TO SIGN AWAY YOUR RIGHTS SO SERCO CAN CHECK UP WITH EMPLOYEES IF U AVE APPLYED FOR WORK WITH THEN THEY ARE IN FACT BREAKING THE LAW UNDER ARTICLE 8 OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT U DO NOT HAVE TO WAVER YOUR RIGHTS AS IF U SIGN THEY CAN THEN CHECK UP ON NE THING U DO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS THATS WHAT ITS FOR ?

    Wayne green

    November 4, 2011 at 12:46 am

  7. When u are sent to do charity work as part the work programme u are not insured by ne body u should refuse to go til either serco or where u being sent shows u in writeing uhat u are insured it your basic right to know that u are insured as u would not drive your car with out insurance then why would u go and do work without it either. Also u want to see the health and saftey papers of the person where u sent to volunteer to confirm that they have the right to do an health and saftey with u prior to u starting with them as thats law and even serco cant skirt around that one protect your self in the work place as serco wont they only intrested in getting paid :

    Wayne

    November 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

  8. IF EVERYBODY ON THE WORK PROGRAMME ASK THE SAME QUESTION WHO ARE WE INSURED WITH AND INSIST ON SEEING THE SAID INSURANCE CERTIFICATE AND BY LAW THEY HAVE TO SHOW U AND DEMAND TO INSPECT WHERE U ARE SENT THAT THEY HAVE A HEALTH AND SAFTEY OFFICER WHO IS REGISTERED TO UNDER TAKE WITH U A HEALTH AND SAFTEY AS THEY HAVE TO DO THIS PRIOR TO U STARTING AND THATS LAW AND IF THERE IS ONE EMPLOYEE WHERE U ARE SENT U COME UNDER SAME WORKERS RULES AS THESE PEOPLE AND BY LAW THEY HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW EVEN SERCO AND THESE RULES THEY CANT ARGUE WITH THE (LAW) ? MAKE SURE U SEE IN AN INSURANCE CERTIFICATE, AND THAT U ARE INSURED TO B ON THE PREMISE WHERE THEY SEND U,AND THAT A PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO GIVE U A HEALTH AND SAFTEY PRIOR TO U STARTING,AS IF U HAVE AN ACCIDENT AND SOMEBODY SUSTAINS AN INJURY U WIL BE THE ONE THEY SUE NOT SERCO PROTECT YOUR SELF AS U WOULD IF U WAS GOING TO DRIVE AS U WOULD NOT DRIVE WITH OUT INSURANCE DONT WORK WITHOUT IT EITHER/ITS YOUR BASIC RIGHT UNDER HUMAN RIGHTS ACT TO BE INSURED IF U IN THE WORK PLACE WHERE THERE IS ONE PAID EMPLOYEE PROTECT PROTECT PROTECT YOUR SELF AS SERCO WIL NOT THEY ONLY INTRESTED IN THE CHECK THEY GET AT END OF THE MONTH FOR GETTING U TO DO UNPAID UN INSURED WORK FOR THEM PROTECT YOUR SELF AS SERCO WONT AND THATS FACT TAKE IT FROM ME ON THAT
    ONE STAND UP FOR YOUR BASIC RIGHTS WORK PROGRAMMERS

    Wayne

    November 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

  9. To ipswich action group who sent me email saying I should subscribe how do I do that as aint got computer am useing my mobile phone sony ericsson thank you for your reply

    Wayne

    November 4, 2011 at 9:55 am

  10. How dose one subscribe useing a sony ericsson mobile phone and dose it cost to subscribe and dont have computer

    Wayne

    November 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

  11. After speaking to a registered lawyer on the matter of serco wanting u to sign to say that u waver your rights and give them permission to contact employees and check up on u they r breaking the law under article 8 the human rights act and b4 u sign away your human rights have it checked by a solistor as the practice they are useing by saying if u dont wave your human rights is fundamentaly illeagel in every way and form and the threat of sanctions is also an offence of scare mongering . and under law and the jobseekers act serco have no power to stop your money and thats law they are not a government department or ne way part of work and pensions seek leagal advice if you are sanctioned for ne of the above as its totally illeagal in every way shape and form and jobseekers need to stand up for there basic human rights ?

    Wayne

    November 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

  12. Would also like to add under the human rights act article 4 it states no man shall be forced to take a job he dose not want and that comes under the anti slavery law and thats law wrk programmers and the unemployed they cant force u to take a job u dont want remember article 4 of the human rights act anti slavery

    Wayne

    November 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

  13. Why is it that nobody ere is doing a thing to try and put stop to dwp and the illegal work programme as it aint going to go away we got fight these pims all the way

    WAYNE

    November 30, 2011 at 12:17 am

  14. BUT WHAT CAN THE UNEMPLOYED DO? APART FROM WRITING TO THEIR MP AND NEWSPAPERS!

    WAYNETTA

    November 30, 2011 at 12:27 am

  15. Seek legal advice and take legal action on a no win no fee as you being told if you dont do free labour u wil b have your money stopped amounts to u being forced and that amounts to anti slavery under human rights act article 4 so take action like the rest of us are already doing ?

    WAYNE

    November 30, 2011 at 1:32 am

  16. I agree with wayne SEEK LEGAL ADVICE

    Whistle blower dwp

    November 30, 2011 at 1:34 am

  17. WARNING: CONTAINS SARCASM!
    Chris Grayling in bed last night:
    “Bloody peasants how dare they get involved, bloody unemployed 2.6 million bloody workshy scroungers, they should be flogged, all of them, and we should track down every bloody luddite on Facebook and bloody Twitter and shoot the lot, I’m writing a Social Media reform bill that will include a Facebook/Twitter licence fee of £50,000 a year that’ll keep the bloody peasants quiet. Bloody rabble, how dare they question me? Don’t they know who I am? They’ll be saying it’s their bloody country next……..”

    Wayne green

    February 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  18. the thing that does me about this workfare, if you have been in work for years like many have, they are giving you your own money back through the taxes you paid while working, and then making you work for it again it aint there money, its the persons that paid into the system. So why should you work for your own money all over again by doing unpaid work programme placements to help the goverment and tesco profits bigger

    Wayne green

    February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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