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Health and welfare / Prison


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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6 April 2011

Leeds Unison - fighting the cuts

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.

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6 April 2011

Bosses prepare for war on public sector workers

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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1 April 2011

Socialist Party members support POA fight against privatisation

London: Socialist Party members visited HMP Holloway to offer their support to POA members who were meeting to discuss their response to yesterday's announcement that HMP Birmingham would be privatised...

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9 February 2011

Solidarity messages needed for US prison reform activist

In the aftermath of an historic prison strike in Georgia, late last year, inmate activists are facing systematic violence and repression, writes Socialist Alternative (CWI USA) reporters.

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1 February 2011

US prisoner activist facing violent retaliation

Urgent Solidarity needed - Support Shawn Whatley! Stop all retaliations against Georgia prison strike activists!

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