Story from the BusinessDay: “Johannesburg — GROUP 4 Securicor (G4S), the world’s biggest security company, will not work at the 2010 Soccer World Cup next year in SA due to its concern about the tournament’s organisation, says CE Nick Buckles.
“We are not going to be involved because we don’t think the security is going to be that good — they are not that well organised yet,” Buckles said in an interview yesterday with Reuters.
Buckles said that G4S regarded SA as the most dangerous country in the world to work in — ahead of Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Hmm – smells like something fishy to me. So, G4S has decided not to work with the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA World Cup. Ha – did they ever stop to think about why South Africa would not like to work with them? I did a little digging and came up with the following from PRS Newswire:
1: Group 4 Securicor is South Africa’s largest provider of security guards with operations in 104 countries.
2: The Company recently found themselves at the centre of controversy with trade unionists from around the globe (I repeat: not only in South Africa, but around the globe).
3: According to the African trade unionists, throughout the continent — in Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda, Congo and Kenya — Group 4 Securicor has established a discernable pattern of behaviour — disregarding home country’s labour laws, refusing to honour court decisions, leading aggressive battles against union campaigns for improvements and refusing to recognize unions.
4: In the U.S., the company is undermining attempts by the US civil rights community and labour unions to improve conditions in the industry that is increasingly dominated by African American workers. National organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization founded by Martin Luther King Jr. and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are all supporting security workers as they seek to organize unions to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
5: Group 4 Securicor is now the subject of an OECD complaint brought by UNI Global Union with the UK government. The complaint charges the company with violating the OECD guidelines on sustainable development and workers’ right to organise into unions.
6: A letter detailing many of these concerns was sent to Danny Jordan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee. The letter read in part, “We ask that you make clear to G4S that the company will only be eligible to provide security services at the World Cup if it changes course and treats workers and their representatives around the world with respect.”
Should South Africa be working with a company such as this, especially when our country will be hosting an international event? Of course not!
I would like to remind Mr Buckles that South Africa has successfully hosted about 150 events before.
I personally hope that this World Cup kicks ass – like no other World Cup before so that we can give the finger to people like Mr Buckles!!