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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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19 January 2012

Prison Officers' Association (POA): Trade union rights application accepted by European Court of Human Rights

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:.

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7 November 2011

Paul Murphy MEP detained in Israeli prison

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

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7 September 2011

The riots, Clarke and the "broken penal system"

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

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16 August 2011

Winston Silcott - framed by the police and justice system

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

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Prison Officers Association (POA) assistant secretary, Joe Simpson, photo  Socialist Party

Joe Simpson

6 July 2011

Fighting pension cuts and the anti-union laws

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...

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6 July 2011

Walkout at Wormwood Scrubs prison

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.

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22 June 2011

POA to hold protest meetings

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...

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