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POA Press Releases
The Prison Officers Association (POA) is citing a ‘victory for health and safety’ following the Government announcement that all prisons in Wales and four in the South West of England will become smoke-free by 2016.
Official reports identify that the level of serious violence throughout the prison estate and other workplaces has risen dramatically.
The POA have balloted its membership in the secure hospital in Mersey Care trust and the result was overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. The ballot was enacted after two members were dismissed for restraining a violent patient who had assaulted staff.
The POA Executive Committee have endorsed Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the Labour post. Although the Union is not affiliated to the Labour Party, the POA will encourage members to vote for him and his views on public services, trade union rights and pension age is consistent with the policies of the POA.
The POA cautiously welcome Michael Gove’s speech in relation to meaningful education for prisoners as a way forward to tackle rehabilitation. The POA believe that Education for prisoners is essential if Government are serious about their much lauded “Rehabilitation Revolution”.
The POA leadership are praising Prison Officers and related grades for bringing a major disturbance on Sunday 14th June 2015 to a swift end. The Union believes had it not been for the professionalism of staff then this disturbance could have been far worse.
The POA have told the Chief Executive Officer Michael Spurr of NOMS that they expect a complete review of Health and Safety risk assessments and safe systems of work.
The initial reaction of the POA is one of outrage regarding a pay cut for the vast majority of their members.