Teachers call for end to G4S contract
New motion calls for council to sever ties with contractor
The East London Teachers Association (ELTA) has passed a resolution condemning G4S complicity in Israel’s prison system and is calling on the Local Authority to end contracts with the company. ELTA is the Tower Hamlets association of the National Union of Teachers representing 70% of classroom teachers in Tower Hamlets.
Speaking about the resolution Alex Kenny, ELTA Secretary told campaign group War on Want "I am pleased that East London NUT has joined the campaign to highlight the role played by G4S in the mistreatment of Palestinian children. Such treatment is incompatible with the aims and values of the National Union of Teachers. The NUT, locally and nationally, has a long record of supporting the rights of the Palestinian people to peace and justice. We are working closely with Action for Palestinian Children and other organisations to bring about change in this area and hope that we can work with the Local Authority to put pressure on G4S."
According to its website, G4S has a “22 year contract with the Tower Hamlets Schools Limited PFI Consortium appointed to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council.” It also provides “a comprehensive integrated facilities management solution for 25 schools with around 10,650 learners”.
The recent ELTA motion calls on the Local Authority to withdraw contracts with G4S for schools in the area: “This Association feels that it is completely inappropriate for a company which is complicit in unlawful detention and torture to provide services in Tower Hamlets schools. It therefore agrees to approach the Local Authority to request that it withdraw from its contract with G4S due to that company’s profoundly unethical behaviour or to get an assurance from the company that it will cease to sell its services to the Israeli Prison Service by the end of 2015."
War on Want are working with numerous organisations to end the Local Council's contract with G4S. A statement on the campaign group website states that they will "continue to work closely with others to send a clear message to G4S that complicity in Israel’s prison system and illegal occupation is unacceptable."
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