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21 April 2010

Dover trade unions against privatisation

The recently reformed Dover and District Trades Union Council recently held its first major public meeting against the threat of privatisation of the port of Dover, writes Jacqui Berry.

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Brian Caton addresses the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Brian Caton, photo Suzanne Beishon

16 September 2009

Interview with POA leader Brian Caton

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..."

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10 September 2008

Workers' anger surfaces at TUC

ON THE first day of the Trades Union Congress conference, the TUC leaders were extremely anxious to get controversial motions out of the way before Labour ministers arrived with the press, writes Bill Mullins.

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3 June 2008

Come to the national shop stewards network conference

Time to fight back, time to organise: Millions of public-sector workers have had their pay frozen when real inflation is rocketing, writes Rob Williams, Unite convenor, Swansea Visteon plant, personal capacity.

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7 May 2008

May Day marches

STRIKING WORKERS from Shelter led London's May Day march, followed by members of rail union RMT, local trades councils and Turkish and Kurdish groups...

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12 March 2008

Prison officers reject pay offer

John Hancock speaking at Socialist Party congress 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

John Hancock speaking at Socialist Party congress 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

ON 8 March, John Hancock, (right) branch secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA) in Wormwood Scrubs prison, west London, brought greetings to the Socialist Party's annual conference...

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1 March 2008

Strike action in public sector

In the immediate period the battle is likely to be concentrated in the public sector...

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20 February 2008

Prison officers fight Labour's strike ban

Prison Officers Association protest outside the Royal Court of Justice, joined by Brian Caton, POA general secretary, photo Keith Dickinson

Prison Officers Association protest outside the Royal Court of Justice, joined by Brian Caton, POA general secretary, photo Keith Dickinson

THE PRISON Officers Association (POA) special delegate conference met on 19 February in emergency session. They were hammering out what the POA should do in response to the Labour government's reintroduction of the Tories' 1994 legislation which makes strikes illegal in the prison service.

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13 February 2008

Prison officers: Fighting for trade union rights

The Prison Officers Association (POA) shocked the government by going on a one-day strike on 29 August 2007...

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6 February 2008

Workplace news in brief

Prison officers prepare, Fighting unsafe staff cuts, National Shop Stewards Network Meetings Prison Officers Association (POA) members are gearing up to counter major attacks expected in the next few weeks. ... By Keith Dickinson

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30 January 2008

National Shop Stewards Network meetings

Yorkshire: "It took just six mobile phones and two hours to get 21,000 prison officers on strike!" National executive member Joe Simpson's account of how the Prison Officers Association (POA) organised their 'illegal' strike had an...

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10 January 2008

Straw provokes POA

JUSTICE SECRETARY Jack Straw has announced that he is reintroducing a ban on prison officers going on strike...

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13 September 2007

Needed: a combative trade union movement

Editorial: THE SUCCESSFUL strike actions of the Prison Officers Association (POA) and the RMT maintenance workers on London Underground have potentially changed the industrial situation in Britain to the benefit of trade unions and work...

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6 September 2007

Strike against public sector pay cap

Prison officers' action: On 29 August, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) held its first ever national day of strike action, with over 20,000 staff walking out from all public prisons in England and Wales...

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6 September 2007

Prison officers defy government's pay cap

Editorial: The one-day strike on Wednesday 29 August by the Prison Officers Association (POA) was highly significant in that the entire Association, including its leadership, deliberately defied a no-strike 'agreement' with the govern...

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7 June 2007

Come to the Shop Stewards' Network conference

THE FOUNDING conference of the Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), to be held in London on 7 July, is gathering widespread support wherever it is raised....

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2 November 2006

Crime and punishment - the prison officers' view

the socialist interview: BRIAN CATON, the general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) recently spoke to the socialist about this and other important issues facing his trade union....

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24 August 2006

Prison officers vote to strike

PRISON OFFICERS have voted to take industrial action, up to and including a strike. 71% voted for action in an 83% turnout in the ballot...

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16 March 2006

'We reject New Labour's policies and philosophy'

Brian Canton, Prison Officers Association General Secretary
Socialist Party trade union organiser, Bill Mullins, recently spoke to BRIAN CATON, general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association...

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