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,…

Air Partner: the Home Office’s little-known deportation fixer

Air Partner: the Home Office’s little-known deportation fixer Air Partner and Carlson Wagonlit are the grease spinning the wheels of the UK deportation machine, organising logistics for mass-deportation flights for years. International travel megacorp Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) holds a £5.7 million, seven-year contract with the Home Office for the “provision of travel services for immigration purposes”, as it has done for nearly two decades. However, a key part of its work – the chartering of aircraft and crew to carry out the deportations – has been subcontracted to a little-known aviation charter outfit called Air Partner. Summary Digging deeper…

Heat the Rich? Part six: British Gas/Centrica

Heat the Rich? Part six: British Gas/Centrica Throughout this winter Corporate Watch has been 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 have released our alternative company profiles of…

Choose Truth: former Choose Love employees speak out

Choose Truth: former Choose Love employees speak out In December 2021, Choose Love cut funding to charities offering vital support to refugees and migrants in Calais and Dunkirk. Despite high-profile celebrity endorsements and an incredible capacity to raise millions for refugees, behind the scenes, all was not as it seemed at Choose Love. A Corporate Watch investigation revealed Choose Love’s relationship with an organisation called Prism the Gift Fund. Prism runs “collective funds” for charities like Choose Love and takes 2% of their income for doing so. Prism also manages donation funds for rich people, who want to give to…

Heat the Rich? Part five: E.ON

Heat the Rich? Part five: E.ON Throughout this Autumn Corporate Watch has been 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 profiles of…

Heat the Rich? Part four: OVO

Heat the Rich? Part four: OVO 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 profiles…

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…

Tax-payer funded destruction: Activist reflections on HS2

Tax-payer funded destruction: Activist reflections on HS2 A high court judge has granted a route-wide injunction preventing activists from challenging construction of the controversial HS2 train line. The scope of the injunction is unprecedented, blocking protesters from venturing anywhere near the proposed route. High Speed Two (HS2) is a 343-mile, high-speed cross-country railway line. HS2 would pick up from HS1, which connects the Channel Tunnel to London, snaking to Leeds & Manchester via Birmingham. Plans for the project have been in the pipeline since 2009, and the final stages are not expected to be completed until 2040. The initial budget for the…

Heat the Rich? Part two: EDF

Heat the Rich? Part two: EDF Throughout October 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 profiles of Big…

Athens, Greece: Interview on the battle for Strefi Hill

Athens, Greece: Interview on the battle for Strefi Hill Athens, Greece: Interview on the battle for Strefi Hill In a densely-populated corner of central Athens, a fierce battle is erupting. On the one side: Athens council, its investor friends, and various other hangers-on salivating over the parcel of prime real estate. On the other: residents young and old, students, anarchists, refugees, and artists who see the place as of vital symbolic, political and emotional significance. The area is Exarchia. Long an epicentre for anarchists and squatters, it is also home to the Polytechnic University, site of the 1973 student uprising…

Heat the Rich? Part one: Scottish Power

Heat the Rich? Part one: Scottish Power Throughout October 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 have 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 profiles…

Interview: How we shut down T&S rabbit breeders

Interview: How we shut down T&S rabbit breeders Corporate Watch spoke to an activist with Shut Down T&S Rabbits, a UK campaign which recently succeeded in closing down a network of rabbit meat and fur farms. On 16th August 2022, 17 months after the launch of the campaign, T&S owner Phil Kerry relented, explaining: “I made the decision to give into their demands. We couldn’t fight them anymore because they are too strong.” We wanted to give Shut Down T&S Rabbits space to share reflections on their successful fight. The case shows how in struggles against corporate power, knowing your…