New Year, No Kier: Tell Andrew Ernest, Managing Director at Kier to stop building HMP Five Wells

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Community Action on Prison Expansion

We need to take ACTION against prison expansion, NOW!

Use this email template tool to send an email to Andrew Ernest, Managing Director - Strategic Framework and Alliances at Kier Construction which is responsible for Kier's custodial sector. This means that Ernest is head of the division responsible for the development of the new prison in Wellingborough - let's flood his inbox with emails opposing this mass incarceration project.

Why target Kier?

Kier is a multinational construction company and the principal contractor behind the new mega-prison in Wellingborough, recently called HMP Five Wells. Nearly complete, the prison is set to create cells to imprison more than 1600 people. Systemic safety failings led to the death of father of three, Aidan Gallagher working for a subsidiary of Kier in 2017. Alongside prison building, Kier have been involved in reprehensible projects that include developing military infrastructure, gentrification, bio-scientific animal abuse, and building ecologically dangerous projects like the high speed railway called HS2.

Why Now?

A giant company like Kier can feel like an intimidating enemy however, their debt-laden business model makes them vulnerable and the lacklustre response of the markets to their share offer highlights how unpopular the company currently is with investors. While their precarious financial state means they will likely cling onto contracts, they cannot afford to lose future business. Pressuring public institutions like universities or local councils into refusing Kier contracts could create a domino affect.