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176 | 20.08.2018


The POA National Executive Committee have praised their members at HMP Birmingham today after the Ministry of Justice have taken direct control of the prison after a scathing report by the Prisons Inspector.

The POA have consistently campaigned against the Government’s cuts agenda, leaving both staff and prisoners vulnerable from intolerable conditions and violence.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated;

“I want to pay tribute to our hard working members at HMP Birmingham and across the prison estate in England and Wales. This announcement is no reflection on them. They have been placed in an unacceptable position by failed Government policies and now once again it will be brave Prison Officers and related grades picking up the pieces. Our members deserve far better”.

Mark Fairhurst National Chair of the POA Stated;

“This announcement highlights the need to keep prisons in the public sector. Once again, the public sector are sent in to bail out the private sector when they have difficulties. I call on all political parties to insist that HMP Birmingham is returned in its entirety back into public ownership. The days of private companies putting profits before staff and prisoner safety must stop. This Governments unnecessary privatisation agenda must cease at once. It is clear that G4S are driven by profit which has compromised the safety of our members in Birmingham”.

The POA are not surprised by this announcement and now call for the recent announcement on further privatisation to be halted.


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