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206 | 21.06.2019

RESOUNDING SUPPORT FOR ACTION FROM POA MEMBERS

The Prison Officers Association today revealed the results of an indicative workplace ballot of its members in public and private sector prisons, immigration removal centres and secure hospitals, which asked if staff were willing to support lawful action against the employer in order to protect their health and safety at work.

The results revealed that 64% of POA branches responded with 95% of members voting in favour of supporting lawful action.

The catalyst for the ballot was the delayed roll out of PAVA incapacitant spray that was due to begin in January following a ministerial announcement in October 2018.

Commenting on the results POA National Chair Mark Fairhurst said:

“The results prove that POA members who work in the most hostile and violent workplace in Western Europe are prepared to support any lawful action we decide to take in order to ensure their safety at work. We will continue to work constructively with the employer as PAVA finally begins to get rolled out and we will hold them to their assurances and timescales. Nobody should be in any doubt that I will ensure our members receive the protections they need to make our prisons safe and we will rule nothing in or nothing out to do so.”


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