The shape of things to come in the West Midlands
West Midlands and Surrey Police forces have announced the shortlist of Companies who will go forward to make an outline proposal under the Business Partnering privatisation programme. The Business Partnering programme is intended to privatise all services that ‘can be legally delegated to the private sector‘ and is being promoted by the Home Office.
Still in the bidding for the £1.5bn contract are the following groups of Companies:
· British Telecommunications, Reliance Secure Task Management and Vanguard Consulting
· Capita Business Services
· G4S Care & Justice Services
· Kellogg Brown & Root and IBM United Kingdom
· Logica UK, Amey Community and Northgate Information Solutions
· Serco, HP Enterprise Services, and Accenture
UNITE, the trade union, has published an expose of the shortlisted companies in the report ‘Tax avoidance, strike breaking and human rights abuse’. (PDF)
G4S has numerous contracts with the Home Office to detain and deport asylum seekers, there have been ‘over 700 complaints against G4S over the treatment of detainees of which 130 were upheld. There have been 48 assault complaints.
In 2010 G4S lost a Home Office forcible deportation contract after the death of an Angolan deportee, Jimmy Mubenga, while being restrained on a flight back home.
KBR is a US construction and defence, logistics and gas company which built Guantanamo Bay. KBR has made massive profits from US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by providing logistical and infrastructural support to the US occupying forces.
According to the UNITE report more than 20 federal lawsuits naming KBR and seeking class-action status were filed in late 2008 and 2009 over the practice of operating “burn pits” at U.S. bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan and thus exposing soldiers to smoke containing dioxin, asbestos and other harmful substances.
The successful contractors for the BPP programme will have responsibility for “investigating crimes, detaining suspects, developing cases, responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals, patrolling neighbourhoods, managing intelligence, managing engagement with the public, as well as more traditional back-office functions, such as managing forensics, providing legal services, managing the vehicle fleet, finance and human resources.” (The Guardian 3rd March 2012)