Protesters dump horse sh*t on Serco’s doorstep

Protesters dumping horse manure outside Serco
Support us and go ad-free

Protesters have dumped horse manure on the doorstep of Serco’s headquarters in Hampshire. The action has sent a clear message to the company, which is responsible for the UK’s test and trace system.

The activists are part of the campaign group Protect Our NHS. They also unfurled a banner saying: “Serco Test & Trace Stinks! –  Corrupt & Deadly Incompetent – Give LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH TEAMS the Cash”. The action was timed to coincide with other protests against Serco in the UK, including in London.

‘Deadly incompetence’

Mike Campbell of Protect Our NHS Bristol said in a press release:

We’re taking this action in the face of the unmitigated disaster and deadly incompetence of Serco’s national track and trace system which is causing untold misery to millions of people.

Serco has been paid almost £46m to run the UK’s test-and-trace service. The Canary has reported on a number of Serco’s practices, including the fact that it shared hundreds of contact tracers’ email addresses.

In 2019, the company was fined nearly £23m by the Serious Fraud Office over an electronic tagging scandal, while earlier this year it was fined more than £1m for other government contract failures.

Accusations of sexual and physical abuse

Additionally, Serco was awarded contracts to run two immigration removal centres this year, despite staff being accused of sexual abuse at Yarl’s Wood women’s detention centre. And earlier this year, the Independent reported that:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

A court recently heard that a rape survivor at the centre was involved in an altercation with 11 Serco staff, during which she was thrown to the floor “like a bag of cement”.

Stop privatisation

Anthony Horwood is another protester involved in the action against Serco. He said:

Serco wants to profit from the coronavirus crisis and it has now been revealed that Serco’s CEO said he hopes it will ‘cement the position of the private sector’ in our NHS.

But it is abundantly clear to nearly everyone, except the wilfully ignorant, that placing the current system of testing and tracing in the hands of private companies like Serco is not working.

Gay Lee from Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public said:

It beggars belief that Serco has not had the contract removed from them and put in the hands of real health professionals in public health departments. This is our money Serco is throwing down the drain and it should be given to the NHS.

Why is the media not shouting to the rooftops that it’s private provision of NHS services which is at the root of the problem?

Featured image via Shaun Murphy with permission

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us