POA Circulars

118 | 10.08.2011

Standardised Core Day

Many of you will be aware that a standardised core day was introduced by NOMS as a cost saving exercise some time ago.  At the time the NEC objected to the introduction of the standardised core day realising it would result in job cuts, loss of regime and an increase in the risk of violence in our prisons.

The service has now stated that local governors have the right to amend the standardised core day and this is a local issue.  Following protracted discussions, the Executive have reluctantly accepted this is not a national dispute.

On the 10th August 2011, it was proposed
“That the NEC has reluctantly accepted that the Standardised Core Day is not subject to a national dispute, but local committees should engage with management to reach a resolution on any proposed change to the existing core day.  If a resolution cannot be achieved a local dispute can be raised”.

It is clear that if the Governor wishes to extend the core day, additional resources will be required to provide a safe and decent establishment.

If the Governor is looking to reduce the core day as a cost cutting measure, the risk of violence may increase and as such committees should consider the ramifications of the changes.

If local committees need any assistance in dealing with these proposals they should contact their NEC representative.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely


General Secretary