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Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business
Security and staff retention the key points in AIMS sale
25/07/2007 9:26 PM
The State Government has approved a request to transfer ownership of the Court Security and Custodial Services Contract, which provides Western Australia’s prisoner transport, court custody and court security services
Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk said French-owned multinational company Sodexho approached the Government earlier this year, saying it wanted to sell its Australian subsidiary, Australian Integration Management Services (AIMS) Corporation to Global Solutions Limited (GSL) Corporation, another multinational company.
“The first thing we did was carry out an extensive evaluation and due diligence of GSL to see if the company was suitable to take over this complex and previously troubled contract,” Ms Quirk said.
“Several conditions were placed on the approval, to make sure community safety was not compromised either during the transition or into the future.”
The Minister said some of these conditions included that:
an appropriate level of service provision in court, court custody and transport security be maintained;
all existing AIMS employees be offered positions in the new company and they be no worse off in terms of wages, benefits and conditions;
the new owners agreed to the existing terms of the contract and not impose any further burdens on the State; and
there was no decline in service delivery during the transition phase.
The current contract with AIMS is due to expire on July 30, 2008.
GSL have significant experience providing similar services both in Australia and overseas. They are currently contracted to provide prisoner transport and court services in South Australia and Victoria.
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