A possie in Aussie

April 3, 2009

Rudd may send refugees from hell to Hades

Filed under: asylum,asylum seeker,detention — Nayano @ 8:51 am
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CRIKEY correspondent Bernard Keane reports that the Rudd government is likely to award an international company with a dubious human rights record to operate Australian immigration detention centres.

Serco Australia, owned by UK services giant Serco, is currently negotiating with the Department of Immigration to finalise a five year contract.

Crikey reports some to the extensive criticism levelled against the company:

  • In 2004, a 14 year-old boy died in a Serco-run children’s prison after being subjected to “nose distraction technique”, a “pain compliance technique”
  • At an adult facility in Scotland, a prisoner died of meningitis despite repeated pleas for medical assistance.
  • Serco’s medical services in the UK have undercut competitors, reduced services and failed to meet benchmarks
  • Serco Sodexho, which had won the Canberra Defence services contract, attempted to use duress to force employees to sign AWAs.
  • Trade unions also attacked Serco Sodexho for sacking cleaners for refusing to sign AWAs

See the post on this blog: Asylum seeker numbers increase: treatment worsens

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