POA Circulars

82 | 22.09.2016

Early day motion 402

On the 5th September 2016 Martyn Day MP put down the following Early Day Motion (EDM) on the issue of Prison Officer Retirement Age.

“That this House recognises the important role fulfilled by prison officers in the criminal justice system and the physical and often dangerous nature of their work; further recognises that prison officers perform a vital front line role akin to other first response and emergency services; notes with concern that the retirement age for prison officers remains in line with the state pension age; and calls for prison officers' retirement age to be lowered to 60, bringing it into line with that of their colleagues in the police force, fire service and armed forces.”

The National Executive Committee wish to express its thanks to Mr Day and those MP’s that have already shown their support for Prison Officers by adding their names to this EDM.

Those who work within our prisons know that the new retirement age of 68 is unsustainable. What we need is for more Members of Parliament to appreciate the dangers that maintaining this position brings to POA members across the UK.

The NEC call on all members to contact your local MP and encourage them to add their name to this commendable EDM. You can check who your MP is and contact them easily using the following internet link: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

We cannot stress enough how important it is for members to help local and national officials in these forms of action. The Union has already shown that when we stand together in unity and show the real strength of feeling of ordinary frontline staff, Government can be made to listen.

Thank you for your help and support for your Unions 68’s Too Late Campaign.

Yours sincerely

General Secretary