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3 December 2014

Sixth form students grill Grayling

During Tory Justice Minister Chris Grayling's flying visit to Greenhead College in Huddersfield on 14 November, sixth form Law and Politics students put him on the spot on a number of issues

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10 September 2014

Government spending cuts deepen prisons' crisis

Government cuts, leading to massive staff shortages, are deepening the crisis in the prison service as John Hancock of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) national executive committee, explains

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16 July 2014

Abuse scandals reveal abusive system

Never before have the institutions of British capitalism been so distrusted.

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2 July 2014

Jimmy Savile - a Tory union basher

Most people are now aghast that in 1988 serial sex offender Jimmy Savile was given a key position running Broadmoor psychiatric hospital by Tory MP Edwina Currie, then a junior health minister, despite the fact he had no expertise in mental health

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26 March 2014

Workplace news in brief

HCA strike: Over 68% of Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency voted for strike action over the divisive and unfair way that the Agency has chosen to allocate pay

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13 January 2014

The underbelly of prison privatisation

Private prisons and particularly Oakwood - run by G4S - have once again been in the news

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NAPO AGM, October 2013, photo C Berry

21 October 2013

Probation officers vote for strike action

Members of NAPO have voted for strike action over government plans for privatisation

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5 September 2013

POA members hold meeting outside HMP Leeds

POA members at HMP Leeds held a gate meeting this morning to discuss yesterday's announcement that four prisons will close

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Scales of injustice

Scales of injustice

5 June 2013

Legal aid cuts: Justice in the balance

The new proposals will seriously undermine access to justice. Opportunities, through judicial review, to hold the government to account will be severely curbed

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22 May 2013

POA conference - Prisons should not be run for profit

In May the prison officers' union POA met for their national conference in Southport. POA is increasingly at the centre of the battle against austerity

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13 February 2013

Workplace In Brief

Hospital workers fighting massive pay cuts have forced Mid Yorks hospital Trust to extend the deadline for agreeing to new contracts by three weeks so that negotiations can proceed

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16 January 2013

Prison closures = more privatisation

On 10 January the closure of seven public sector prisons was announced. Bullwood Hall, Camp Hill, Canterbury, Gloucester, Kingston, Shepton Mallet and Shrewsbury are due to close by 31 March...

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10 January 2013

Seven more public sector prisons to close

The decision announced today (10th January) to close seven more public sector prisons is irresponsible when the prison population remains high and overcrowding is widespread, the Public and Commercial Services union says in a press release...

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29 August 2012

Women's prisons - Con-Dems' 'reforms' mean cuts and privatisation

The Prison Reform Trust has said that prisons in England and Wales are over capacity by 7,300 inmates. This overcrowding, says the trust, is limiting prison staff's efforts to reduce reoffending...

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11 July 2012

Leeds protest at prison privatisation rally

Socialist Party members recently took part in a protest outside a conference at Leeds University entitled 'Private Sector Involvement in Criminal Justice', writes Matt Booth, Leeds North West Socialist Party.

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PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

PCS members on strike 10 May 2012 outside Parliament, photo Paul Mattsson

16 May 2012

M10: Angry workers walk out across the country

In London, Westminster was a sea of pickets. 400 Unite health strikers and supporters marched across Westminster Bridge from St Thomas's hospital to attend a lunchtime rally. 700 strikers heard Mark Serwotka...

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Unite Health demo at Manchester Royal Infirmary, during 10 May public sector strike, photo Hugh Caffrey

Unite Health strike demo. Photo Hugh Caffrey

10 May 2012

Pensions strike reports - 10th May

Prison officers have walked out to join hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers taking strike action in defence of their pensions, including trade unionists in PCS, Unite, UCU, and Nipsa

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28 January 2012

Anger over Tommy Sheridan 'gagging order'

"Tommy Sheridan's lawyer has accused prison authorities of trying to "gag" him on his release from jail, writes BBC report: 28 January 2012 Last updated at 13:41.

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