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21 October 2015

Determined mood at Napo conference

Probation and family court workers organised in Napo left their AGM last week with a new mood of determination to rebuild their union.

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14 October 2015

Napo at a crossroads

Probation and family courts workers - gathering in Eastbourne for their union Napo's conference - face an uncertain future as the full scale of cuts and privatisation comes into view.

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2 September 2015

Thailand plagued by military junta and downturn

The horrific bombing in Thailand's capital Bangkok on 17 August killed 20 people and seriously injured 125. Meanwhile, workers are crushed between the country's dictatorial government and the global economic crisis.

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21 April 2015

May Day support for jailed labour activists in Iran

Shiva Mahbobi reports on the plight of labour activists in Iran

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Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, photo Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Ed Ford, World Telegram staff photographer

25 February 2015

50 years on: the assassination of Malcolm X

21 February this year marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. As anti-racist protests continue across the US following last year's high profile police killings of two black men - Mike Brown and Eric Garner - the lessons of his life and struggle should be examined

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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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