Mitie detention profiteers: 2023 company profile

Mitie detention profiteers: 2023 company profile Mitie is a major British outsourcing firm providing a mixed bag of “facilities management” contract services to both corporations and government, from cleaning to custodial services. It has been in the spotlight again recently after Manston detention camp, which it operates, became seriously overcrowded and refugees being kept there complained of appalling conditions. In this update of our company investigation on Mitie, we found that: In the last financial year, it reported a record annual turnover of around £4 billion, up 58% since 2021. Mitie now manages 50% of the UK’s migrant detention capacity,…

Heat the Rich? Part three: Octopus Energy

Heat the Rich? Part three: Octopus Energy Throughout October and November Corporate Watch will be taking a critical look at the top six UK energy suppliers, in solidarity with the millions of people who are struggling to keep warm now that energy bills have risen once again.  We ask: who is profiting from supplying our energy? How much are the bosses getting paid? and how have these companies been cosying up to government? We hope that our research can be a useful resource for those organising towards a mass non-payment of energy bills. We will be releasing our alternative company…

Broken Compass: the scandals of Compass Group

Broken Compass: the scandals of Compass Group In February 2022, cleaners at London Bridge Hospital (LBH) launched a campaign demanding fair pay, an end to bullying, and basic health and safety equipment (PPE). The ongoing cleaners’ campaign targets both the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the healthcare giant which runs the private hospital, and Compass Group, the company outsourced by HCA to provide cleaning staff to LBH. Many of the cleaners at LBH are organised with the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB). This article is part of a series supporting the cleaners’ struggle. Headquartered in Surrey, Compass is…

HCA: Promoting US style for-profit healthcare in the UK

HCA: Promoting US style for-profit healthcare in the UK In February 2022, cleaners at London Bridge Hospital launched a new campaign against healthcare giant Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). HCA is the world’s largest private healthcare company, as well as being both the UK’s and US’ biggest private hospital group. It runs London Bridge Hospital (LBH) as a for-profit business, as well as five other central London hospitals and partnerships around the UK. Many of the cleaners at LBH are organised with the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB). They are currently demanding fair pay, accusing their employers of…