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The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Featherstone prison, published today (Tuesday 28 February).
The POA are not surprised that the Secretary of State and Senior Officials at the Prison Service have once again hidden behind legislation, which prevents Prison Officers from taking Industrial action under the provisions of Section 127 of the Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994 (since amended).
Further to POA Circular 21/2017 the NEC regrets to inform you that a Judge has today ruled that the action we called for in that Circular was unlawful and we must call it off. We did our best to argue our case using John Hendy Q.C. the leading barrister on the Union side in industrial action matters.
Following the publication of POA Circular 3/2017 members will be aware of the tragic circumstances in which Prison Officer, Nick Medlin, lost his life on Christmas Eve 2016.
The Executive has directed the legal team to commence Judicial Review proceedings following the decision of Cabinet Office to reduce the level of compensation to members following dismissal on ill health grounds, as part of a number of imposed changes to the scheme rules.