Gardaworld was originally named Trans-Québec Security Inc when it was founded in 1995. (It was renamed in 1999). It provides armoured-car services, airport passenger screening, access control systems and internal corporate fraud investigations in Europe and the U.S. It also provided security services for embassies and military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as to fossil fuel companies around the world.
In 2012, Gardaworld employees were caught in Afghanistan with dozens of unlicensed AK-47s and they were jailed for three months. In 2014, the head of Garda’s Afghan operations, Daniel Ménard, was jailed for three weeks because of similar issues. In 2015, Gardaworld took over Aegis, a British owned security company that was working in Iraq at the time. Aegis and Gardaworld stood accused of recruiting child soldiers from Sierra Leone to work in their security operation in Iraq.
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The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants | April 4, 2022
People fighting for the future of life on our planet should be celebrated - but climate activists in Afghanistan are at huge risk.
Court Records Show GardaWorld's Pattern of Running Red-Lights, Non-Payment of Fines, Collections, Guilty Plea, and License Suspension
LinkedIn | Christine Bouquin | December 21, 2019
I stumbled upon something that got me thinking. According to public records (links below), GardaWorld has a pattern of running red-lights. In one town alone, three recent red-light citations are now public record due to court involvement.
LinkedIn | Christine Bouquin | December 12, 2019
I was fired on 11/16/16, ONE DAY after providing a seven-page summary of safety and financial concerns to GardaWorld executives.
LinkedIn | Christine Bouquin | October 3, 2019
Understandably, my recent social media activity may seem odd. I haven’t been very active on LinkedIn or publicly vocal...well, ever. To be honest, for a long time I was scared to say anything publicly for a number of reasons: What would people think? How would it affect my career and reputation? Would anyone believe me? Take me seriously? Would I be viewed as a disgruntled x-employee?
Counterpunch | Yves Engler | April 7, 2016
Last week students at L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) disrupted a board meeting after learning administrators planned to sign a $50 million, seven-year, contract with security giant GardaWorld. Protesters are angry the administration has sought to expel student leaders and ramp up security at the politically active campus as they cut programs.
Indybay | October 24, 2012
Protesters will meet at 7:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Club St-James, 1145 Union Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Protest Garda World Security Corporation Special Meeting in response to Garda Cash Logistics Union-Busting activities and Garda Security workers complaints and safety issues here in the United States.
- The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
- Migrant Forum in Asia
- UNI Global Union
- International Union, Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA)
Kuwait: Migrant workers on US military bases unable to change jobs, entrapped in recruitment fee debt & have their passports withheld; incl. cos. comments
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre | November 1, 2022
A joint investigation by the Washington Post and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists into the working conditions of migrant workers from South Asia on US military bases in Kuwait and other Gulf countries revealed commonplace labour abuse. These workers are mainly supplied to American military bases’ service providers, Vectrus and Amentum, by regional subcontractors – Kuwait Resources House, Tamimi Global and Kuwait and Gulf Link Holding.
'Working in fear': Some private contractors are accused of abusive labor practices on U.S. military bases
NBC News | Molly Boigon | October 27, 2022
Abdulla thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime. After struggling to find work in his home country of Bangladesh, he said a recruiter offered him a chance to work in a restaurant thousands of miles away in Kuwait City for the equivalent of $660 a month.
United States District Court for the District of Maryland | May 20, 2021
Plaintiff Charles Carter, who worked as a security officer for Defendant GardaWorld Security Services ("GardaWorld"), brings various state and federal claims against GardaWorld and multiple former supervisors (collectively, "Defendants"), alleging that they created an unsafe and hostile work environment culminating in Carter's wrongful termination.
Tampa Bay Times | Bethany Barnes | December 31, 2020
By the time Johnathon Lue burned alive in the back of a GardaWorld armored truck in May, evidence had been piling up for years that the company was operating dangerously.
Tampa Bay Times | Bethany Barnes | October 18, 2020
Brian Newell had been a manager at one of GardaWorld’s armored truck branches for about a year when a high-ranking supervisor called in 2018 with a bizarre order: Load all the coins stored at his branch in Connecticut onto a truck bound for Massachusetts.
Tampa Bay Times | Bethany Barnes | March 1, 2020
The armored truck full of money barreled down a two-lane road until it encountered a stopped SUV. The truck didn’t brake. Instead it whipped into the oncoming lane, as if to pass, and rammed into a tanker truck.
10 News San Diego | January 16, 2020
A judge Thursday approved a motion adding new claims to a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a woman who was fatally struck in La Jolla by an armored truck driver two years ago.
$100M Wrongful Death Trial Over Motorcyclist’s Collision With Armored Truck Settles During Jury Deliberations
Courtroom View Network | David Siegel | October 4, 2019
The family of a motorcyclist who crashed into a turning armored truck struck a settlement with security company GardaWorld shortly after a Texas state court jury began deliberations in a trial that could have resulted in a $100 million verdict.
PacerMonitor | May 29, 2018
Relator, Christine Bouquin, hereby gives Notice that this action is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to FRCP 41(a)(1). The Complaint has not been served and no Answer or motion for summary judgment has been filed. This action was brought pursuant to the False Claims Act.
Canadian Business | Matthew Mclearn | March 17, 2014
Ménard is a managing director for Afghanistan at GardaWorld, part of a global security company based in Montreal. Its business is renting out bands of armed men to protect clients working in some of the Earth’s most dangerous outposts. But like other foreign-owned private security companies (PSCs), during the past few years it has been forced to hand off much of its work to local Afghan subcontractors.
The Globe and Mail | Bertrand Marotte | June 27, 2008
"I will kill you and I will kill your family." Stéphan Crétier, founder and chief executive officer of Garda World Security Corp., is alleged in court documents to have uttered those chilling words to top executives at a meeting last November in Wilmington, Del.
Actual News Magazine | November 10, 2022
Unions representing security screeners at Canada’s airports say turnover of new employees is high despite efforts to hire more workers. In some regions, barely one in three recently hired people is still in the job.
How World Bank Personnel Connived With Consulting Firm To Shortchange Salaries Of Security Guards In Nigeria Office
Sahara Reporters | August 31, 2022
One of the workers of the World Bank, who is a security specialist, has been accused of conniving with a consulting firm, GardaWorld Consulting Firm, to shortchange the private guards manning World Bank Abuja Office, SaharaReporters has learnt.
Casetext | August 7, 2022
Aegis, d/b/a GardaWorld, received contracts from the United States Department of State to provide security in Afghanistan at various locations, including the United States Embassy in Kabul. Doc. 44 ¶ 1. Relator Justin Fahn was hired by the defendants in September 2016 to defend the embassy, and Fahn worked there until its fall to the Taliban in August 2021.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Dylan Jackson | March 2, 2022
A GardaWorld supervisor alleges that nearly 100 company guards assigned to Afghanistan had not completed training required by the U.S. government.
The Guardian | Amelia Gentleman | September 3, 2021
Just one of the team of 125 British embassy guards who were promised help to leave Afghanistan by the Foreign Office has made it to the UK.
UFCW | February 29, 2020
Saskatoon, Sask. – February 29, 2020 – UFCW Local 1400 members working at GardaWorld security locations throughout Saskatchewan have achieved a new union contract that provides better wages and benefits and a higher shoe allowance.
Ex-child soldiers to sue Aegis Defence Services in UK for alleged failure to mitigate psychological harm they suffered when recruited as adult mercenaries in Iraq
Business and Human Rights Resource Center | November 21, 2016
"Ex-child soldiers to sue UK firm that hired them to be mercenaries in Iraq", 18 Nov 2016. The two men, who were under 13 when they fought in Sierra Leone, allege Aegis Defence Services failed to mitigate the psychological harm they suffered...
CIPS | Rita Abrahamsen | April 28, 2016
Many Canadians will know GardaWorld from airport security, the routine removal of shoes, belts, and “any gels or liquids.” Fewer will know that the Montreal-based company is also a global security provider with ambitions to expand in emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East.
CBC | James Cudmore | February 13, 2014
A retired former Canadian general who was removed from command in Afghanistan after he was caught having sex with a subordinate remains in jail in that country facing charges of gun smuggling.
The Independent | Kim Sengupta | February 14, 2012
The funeral of Alan McMenemy took place in a bitterly cold, rainy day at a parish church near Glasgow last week. His body was the final one of four British hostages in Iraq to be returned. The murdered security guard's distraught father, Dennis, has accused the British Government of "deceit, lies and cover-ups" during the four years and seven months that his son had been missing.
Bloomberg News | August 24, 2022
Garda World Security Corporation ("GardaWorld" or the "Company"), a global champion in security services, integrated risk management and cash solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ARCA, a global leader in cash technology solutions and a global market leading manufacturer of teller cash recyclers for financial institutions.
Govconwire | Marie-Louise Hoffman | March 4, 2016
Seven companies have been awarded spots on a potential five-year, multibillion-dollar contract to help protect State Department facilities and personnel based in high-threat areas globally.