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Private firms use immigration detainees as cheap labour in UK

‘Private firms in the United Kingdom have been criticized for saving millions of pounds by using immigration detainees as cheap labor at detention centers.

According to Home Office figures, detainees in centers run by Serco, G4S, and such contractors worked nearly 45,000 hours in return for a total of nearly 45,500 in pay, for the month of May this year.

According to Phil Miller, who is a researcher at Corporate Watch, the companies are “saving millions of pounds by exploiting their captive migrant workforce on a grand scale.”

“Our research has shown that the detention centers would grind to a halt without the amount of essential work done by detainees on a daily basis – cooking and cleaning,” Miller added.
Corporate Watch also said that the private firms could have saved more than £2.8 million.’

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