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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
The prison officers' union held a lobby of parliament on 13 February against prison closures, overcrowding and privatisation
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...
29 August 2012
Dozens of inmates at Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire are being bussed out to a call centre to work for just £3 a day. PJ McParlin gives the POA's response
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...
16 May 2012
Interview: On 10 May, members of the POA prison workers' union took part in protest meetings outside prisons against pension cuts. POA assistant general secretary Joe Simpson speaks about the action.
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
31 August 2011
What we think: The government has resorted to the traditional Tory stance of the mailed fist in the aftermath of the riots. If it can get away with it, the ConDem government will add to the panoply of anti-democratic, semi-dictatorial measures already in place.
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...
31 March 2011
Interview with POA assistant secretary, Joe Simpson The Con-Dems have sold Birmingham prison to private security firm G4S. This is the first existing public sector prison to be contracted out. An edited version of this article appeared in The Socialist.
7 July 2010
Genuine reform or further hypocrisy?: On 30 June Ken Clarke, the new justice secretary, made a speech addressing the problems of a soaring prison population...
14 April 2010
On 1 April it was 20 years since the start of the Strangeways prison 'riot'. The riot was a protest by prisoners against their appalling conditions. They initially barricaded themselves in the prison...
16 September 2009
Brian Caton, Prison Officers Association (POA) general secretary recently decided to join the Socialist Party, after being a member of the Labour Party for many years. He spoke to Socialist Party industrial organiser Bill Mullins:
"I come from a family of nine. I was brought up in Barnsley, my Dad worked as a collier. I was always a rebel at school..."
13 September 2007
BRITAIN'S PRISON officers held their first-ever national strike, mainly on pay, in August... By Iain Dalton
1 February 2007
HOME SECRETARY John Reid is under great pressure from the media and MPs after several well-publicised crises and humiliations about his department's work in law enforcement...
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