A security guard lies in Waikato Hospital with multiple severe injuries to the head, face and body after an assault on the job. The guard works for a DHB contractor, Allied Security, paid through the public purse to deliver a public service. This is the visible face of an invisible workforce.
Contracted security, cleaning and catering workers are part of the $51 billion
annual public procurement spend by central and local government. All around the country, government agencies are signing off on contracts that see thousands of workers and their families living in poverty and suffering appalling working conditions