1353485158-diein-protest-at-g4s-hq-over-role-in-gaza-and-israel_1618306Following a concerted campaign on social media over the Council’s procurement of G4S security services, Joe Anderson today says that he will ask the Chief Executive to ‘implement a review of its procurement arrangements.’

Concern was raised that the security firm was “complicit with war crimes” by working for Israel despite the ongoing crisis.

A host of Liverpool cultural figures, including Jimmy McGovern, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Alexei Sayle and more than 30 other artists condemned the presence of G4S at the Giants and the upcoming International Music Festival, and they signed a petition, asking Liverpool city council to scrap contracts with G4S over the multi-national’s role in maintaining Israeli prisons and detention centres.

Their statement pointed out that G4S provides equipment for Israeli prisons where human rights groups claim Palestinians have been illegally detained and tortured.

In reply, Joe Anderson said:

“I have however noted the concerns and had regard to the wider points raised and have therefore asked the Chief Executive to implement a review of our procurement arrangements accordingly.”

“Following representations made to me at the meeting of the city council’s Cabinet last week, I have carefully considered the concerns expressed in relation to the engagement of G4S plc in relation to the Liverpool International Music Festival.

” In appointing G4S as our security contractor for the festival, the city council has followed the required legal and formal procurement processes.

“In addressing the issues raised at Cabinet about G4S, I need to make the following points clear.

“A significant amount of planning and preparation has been put into the arrangements for the International Music Festival including working with G4S on the security operation over a period of six months. At this late stage it would not be a responsible course of action, either from a public safety or public money perspective, to withdraw the services of this contractor and look to engage another security provider three weeks before the events take place. This would mean we would have to compensate the company for their loss and then look to engage another company, something we cannot afford to do.

“Equally, I do not propose to cancel the hugely popular festival, enjoyed by many thousands of residents and visitors.

“I have however noted the concerns and had regard to the wider points raised and have therefore asked the Chief Executive to implement a review of our procurement arrangements accordingly.”

  • thewilk

    G 4 Gormless. I was a volunteer for the Giants, we were surprised when we turned up to find hordes of uniformed G4S staff who, mostly, did absolutely nothing besides get in the way.