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The Socialist 16 November 2016

It's Socialism or Trumpism - build a socialist alternative to defeat the right

The Socialist issue 925

Trump victory: Failure of the Democrat establishment

Lessons for Britain: Trump victory shows the right can't beat the right


Socialism 2016: Electrifying and powerful weekend puts socialism on the agenda


Mass prison officer walkout over health and safety

Durham teaching assistants strike: 2,000 walk out

London Underground: RMT wins victory

Steel workers' pensions under threat again

Deliveroo couriers get organised

Workplace news in brief


Support the campaign to readmit expelled socialists

Secret hospital closures: bosses must come clean

1.5trn household debt - nationalise the banks!

Court win against bedroom tax not enough

Super-rich investigated


Students and workers unite and fight!


Privatisation and the 'race to the bottom'


Southampton Labour must bin Tory cuts!

Cumbria: Stop axing care home places

TUSC vindicated in censorship protest

Bristol campaigners demand anti-austerity alternative


A Street Cat Named Bob: tale of neglect by capitalism

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HMP Lincoln, 15.11.16, photo by Nick Parker

HMP Lincoln, 15.11.16, photo by Nick Parker   (Click to enlarge)

Mass prison officer walkout over health and safety issues

The last issue of the Socialist published an article by a prison officer detailing the reasons for the crisis in the prisons and calling for action. On 15 November action was taken. Thousands of prison officers up and down the country walked out of their workplaces taking unofficial strike action.

This is over cuts and privatisation that has led to increasing deaths in custody including homicides, incidents of self-harm and assaults among prisoners plus a 43% rise in assaults on staff in the last year.

The Socialist was snapped up at Wormwood Scrubs by prison officers eager to read the article by one of their own - one bought the paper for 10. Rob Williams, NSSN national chair, addressed the picket line bringing solidarity. Prison officers were handed a letter by management threatening them with disciplinary action for walking out which is a legal right of any employee.

The government has also threatened legal action. Prison officers have been denied their right to strike since 1994.

Around 50 prison officers picketed the prison at Wetherby, Yorkshire, which has been heavily affected by inter-prisoner violence. Staff there told Socialist Party member Iain Dalton that while young offenders' institutes had been spared the worst effects of the cuts compared to the rest of the prison estate, they still had the same problems of not having enough staff to properly supervise prisoners.

The POA union of prison officers and allied workers has said as many as 10,000 officers took part in the walkout which follows previous unofficial action at branches like Holme House, Wetherby and Wormwood Scrubs.

POA general secretary Steve Gillan said: "The POA has consistently raised the volatile and dangerous state of prisons, as chronic staff shortages and impoverished regimes has resulted in staff no longer being safe."


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 15 November 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


It's Socialism or Trumpism

Trump victory: Failure of the Democrat establishment

Lessons for Britain: Trump victory shows the right can't beat the right


Socialism 2016

Socialism 2016: Electrifying and powerful weekend puts socialism on the agenda


Socialist Party workplace news

Mass prison officer walkout over health and safety

Durham teaching assistants strike: 2,000 walk out

London Underground: RMT wins victory

Steel workers' pensions under threat again

Deliveroo couriers get organised

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party news and analysis

Support the campaign to readmit expelled socialists

Secret hospital closures: bosses must come clean

1.5trn household debt - nationalise the banks!

Court win against bedroom tax not enough

Super-rich investigated


Socialist Party youth and students

Students and workers unite and fight!


Privatisation and the 'race to the bottom'

Privatisation and the 'race to the bottom'


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton Labour must bin Tory cuts!

Cumbria: Stop axing care home places

TUSC vindicated in censorship protest

Bristol campaigners demand anti-austerity alternative


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

A Street Cat Named Bob: tale of neglect by capitalism

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