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22 December 2016

Why prison officers rejected pay and pensions deal

A prison officer explains the truth surrounding the deal. The guaranteed three year pay deal of 0.5-1% a year is a fallacy: neither the government or the national offender management service have the power to implement this.

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15 November 2016

Mass prison officer walkout over health and safety

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.

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11 May 2016

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Over 50 workers at Wormwood Scrubs prison walked out over health and safety issues on 6 May. The Prison Officers' Association said the move comes after recent assaults on staff, and said the jail was "flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons".

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20 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Prison cuts: On 14 January, prison officers' union the POA held a special delegate conference in Daventry called for by the Wormwood Scrubs branch

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16 October 2014

POA hospital workers join public sector strike wave

POA general secretary Steve Gillan explains why secure hospital workers are striking on 24 October

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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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15 May 2014

TUSC meeting at POA conference

35 delegates attended TUSC's excellent fringe meeting at this year's Prison Officers' Association union conference in Southport, not long after New Labour's shadow prisons minister received some sharp words from POA general secretary Steve Gillan for failing to address the key issues of union rights

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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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photo by Bob Severn

13 February 2013

Prison officers protest outside parliament

The prison officers' union held a lobby of parliament on 13 February against prison closures, overcrowding and privatisation

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22 August 2012

In Brief: POA rejects pensions offer

Members of the prison workers' union POA have voted overwhelmingly to reject the final offer on changes to their pension scheme. The main attacks proposed are to force prison officers to work until they are 68 and to change the indexation from RPI to the generally lower measure, CPI.

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25 January 2012

Workplace news in brief

Victory for POA: The European Court of Human Rights have accepted the prison officers' union application for restoration of trade union rights, writes Domenico Hill.

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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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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

Solidarity from POA

Alan Guest, Branch Chair of the POA at Send Prison, Woking, took the morning off work to support the pickets on 30 June. He sent a message of support...

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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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Joe Simpson, POA

31 March 2011

Prison officers fight prison privatisation: Interview with POA assistant secretary, Joe Simpson

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.

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