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22 May 2013
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
13 February 2013
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
16 January 2013
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...
10 January 2013
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...
20 November 2012
29 August 2012
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...
11 July 2012
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.
16 May 2012
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...
10 May 2012
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
28 January 2012
"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.
19 January 2012
The POA are delighted that the European Court of Human Rights have accepted the Union's application for restoration of Trade Union Rights, writes Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated:.
7 November 2011
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy, from Dublin in Ireland, was part of the aid flotilla to Gaza that was stormed by Israeli troops on Friday
7 September 2011
Glyn Travis and Joe Simpson, assistant secretaries of the prison workers’ union POA set out some of the key issues in prisons following the riots
16 August 2011
The recent riots, starting in Tottenham, have reminded many of events there in 1985 when three people were framed for the murder of PC Blakelock
6 July 2011
Interview with Joe Simpson, POA assistant secretary. An important part of the action on 30 June was the well-attended lunchtime protest meetings held outside many prisons by the POA...
6 July 2011
Over 100 staff from all sections of the POA, including governors, walked out of Wormwood Scrubs Prison, West London, on 30 June for a lunchtime protest meeting, writes Keith Dickinson, West London Socialist Party.
22 June 2011
The national executive committee of the Prison Officers Association (POA) has announced that lunchtime pension cuts protest meetings will be held at every prison and secure hospital on 30 June...
6 April 2011
Leeds Unison local government branch, jointly with the other council unions, has recently run a consultative ballot amongst the membership. This is over the employer's cuts packages, a Leeds Unison steward writes.
6 April 2011
In February it was revealed that the Con-Dem government is preparing a 'war plan' in an attempt to prevent coordinated strike action against the cuts...
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