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A4E, Gulity of Racial Discrimination, SERCO, alleged ‘sexual abuse’, where will this all end?

A4E, and SERCO are important players in the ‘welfare-to-work’ business.

A4E’s finger in the Work Programme and other pies is well-known.

SERCO runs the Work Programme in Coventry and Warwickshire, Staffordshire and The Marches; and South Yorkshire.

SERCO also runs a host of dodgy outfits, including the immigration detention centre at Yarl’s Wood.

Apparently they are up to get slice of the Probation Service as well.

First we have A4E (Guardian today),

The training company A4e has been found guilty of racial discrimination and been ordered to pay out £50,000 in compensation, the Guardian has learned. Employment tribunal judges found that the company, paid £345m by the Department for Work and Pensions for its back-to-work employment services since 2010, racially discriminated against Rohim Ullah when it unlawfully dismissed him from its Bradford office in 2011.

Two other white managers who were facing almost identical allegations of failing to follow proper procedures – one of whom was also accused of commenting that an Iraqi customer should “fuck off back to his own country” – were not subject to a similar standard of investigation, tribunal judges found.

Ullah, from Yorkshire, who was “very pleased” at winning the two-year battle, said he was picked on by the company because of the colour of his skin.”I believe the reason why they discriminated against me was they had to find a scapegoat [for failures in the office] … and they thought, we’ll get this black person here.”

In their judgment, the tribunal said it could not understand why A4e, which is appealing against the ruling, chose to proceed with allegations of serious misconduct against only Ullah and ignored the similar allegations made against two white members of staff which were “swept under the carpet or treated as minor misconduct [issues]”.

“The other managers were not even questioned regarding these allegations, but every comment that was made against me, they took it [their investigations] to the extreme limit,” Ullah said.

Giving their verdict, the judges said that 40-year-old Ullah was “the subject of unlawful detriment in facing disciplinary proceedings leading to his dismissal and that he was unlawfully dismissed as an act of race discrimination”.

In a statement, A4e said it was proud to have a diverse community of people within its organisation and that it had in place robust policies to protect their rights and to ensure that all staff were treated with dignity and respect.

Then we see this about one of SERCO’s lucrative wings  (Observer yesterday),

Three more women have come forward to corroborate allegations of inappropriate sexual contact between inmates and staff at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre, including claims that such behaviour is still going on.

Their accounts support allegations made by a former detainee in theObserver on Septhember 15 and challenge the assertion made by Serco, the private-sector company that runs Yarl’s Wood, that alleged sexual contact between women and staff is not widespread.

You wonder exactly how they treat their welfare clients as well.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

Audits for G4S and SERCO.

The justice secretary is to allow two security companies to bid for Ministry of Justice contracts despite both facing alleged fraud investigations over existing deals.

Chris Grayling has not ruled Serco and G4S out of the running for new MoJ contracts, which include the £800m privatisation of most probation services.

But he has for the first time assured his Labour counterpart, Sadiq Khan, that no new contracts will be awarded to either company until a series of official “forensic audits” has given them a clean bill of health.

The official publication of invitations to bid for the privatisation of the bulk of the probation service is due soon. Both companies are leading contenders for the payment-by-results contracts under which 235,000 offenders are to be supervised each year. City analysts see few other large-scale players able or willing to bid for the work if Serco and G4S are excluded. Guardian.

It’s worth noting that the gang running SERCO delivers two Work Programme contracts on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions in:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire, Staffordshire and The Marches; and
  • South Yorkshire.

The chancers running G4S supply security staff for Job Centres.

These are the people now delivering ‘public’ services.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

SERCO, Work Programme Providers, and Fraud.

This is the story that’s caught people’s attention – from the Independent.

In an announcement that throws the Coalition’s privatisation drive into disarray, the Serious Fraud Office was called in to investigate G4S, the world’s largest security company, over contracts dating back over a decade.

Serco, one of Britain’s largest companies, also faces an inquiry by auditors over its charges for operating tagging schemes.

The firms supply an array of services to the public sector from running courts, prisons and immigration removal centres to managing welfare-to-work schemes and the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Between them the two companies receive around £1.5bn a year from the taxpayer, but their contracts are worth billions of pounds because the vast majority run for several years.

We have been waiting for more news on this.

But it’s worth noting (as Private Eye has) that SERCO, under investigation for fraud with G4s, is a leading Work Programme provider.

Serco delivers two Work Programme contracts on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions in:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire, Staffordshire and The Marches; and
  • South Yorkshire.

There is of course no need to worry about SERCO’s involvement with the Work Programme.

Lord Freud himself has said so,

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud visited the Inspire to Independence (i2i) site in Coventry in March, to find out more about Serco, our network of providers and our involvement in the Governments’ Work Programme.

The Minister conveyed how pleased he was with i2i and Serco’s Work Programme involvement and positive impact in supporting people into work.

It is well-known that not a single Work Programme provider (er hum,. except……) has ever been accused of fraudulent practices.

Written by Andrew Coates

July 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

ConDem BusinessCompact:- List of Work Experience placement companies

The list of companies who signed up to provide workfare placements for 18-24 year olds are as follows:-

Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Adecco Group UK & Ireland
Allen and Overy
Alliance Boots
Anchor Trust
Ashurst LLP
Associated Newspapers
Association of Accounting Technicians
Aviva plc
BAE Systems
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Bar Council
Barcelo Hotels UK
Bauer Media Group
BT Group
Cancer Research UK
Channel 4
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Coca Cola Enterprises
Coca Cola Great Britain
Compass Group
Credit Suisse
Deutsche Bank
Ernst & Young
Evening Press Corporation
Everything Everywhere (Orange/T-Mobile)
Guardian News & Media
Hewlett Packard
Hilton Worldwide
Hogan Lovells
House of Fraser
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Institute of Healthcare Management
Irwin Mitchell
Jaguar Landrover
J.P. Morgan
Jurys Inn Hotels
Legal Services Board
Liberal Democrats Headquarters
Loreal (UK)
Marks & Spencer
McGinley Support Services
Mears Group
Media Trust
Mothercare/Early Learning Centre
National Grid
Nationwide Building Society
Nestle UK & Ireland
NHS Employers
Norton Rose
Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA)
Prudential UK & Europe
Radio Independents Group
Red Consultancy
Research In Motion (Blackberry)
Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
RWE Npower
Santander UK
Simmons & Simmons LLP
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Global Beverages
Tata Steel
Teach First
The Co-operative Group
University Partnerships Programme (UPP)
Watershed PR
Wates Group

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Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 6, 2012 at 10:35 am

Posted in Liberal Tory Coalition, Welfare Reform

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SERCO, the Work Programme, and Detention Centre Cruelty.

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.”

More Here.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 17, 2011 at 9:39 am