Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Security for some but not all

Group 4 Securicor (G4S) which is the largest multinational employer in Africa has been accused of paying staff in the continent "poverty" wages and subjecting them to racism. Union leaders from several African countries are to meet London mayor, Ken Livingstone, this week to complain about the actions of Group 4 Securicor .

A report, prepared by the charity War on Want, claims that some of the company's black employees in South Africa have been forced to use different toilets to their white employees and that white supervisors have referred to them as "kaffirs" and "monkeys".

The dossier goes on to claim that G4S pay so little to workers in Malawi - about £13 a month - that their daily meal consists of just bread and they live at homes without power or running water.

G4S guards in Mozambique receive £31 a month. But this is said to represent "just half a living wage" in their country.

G4S turnover last year exceeded £4 billion , cheap labour costs help make its African profit margins 40 per cent higher than in Europe and North America.

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