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POA Press Releases

136 15 Nov 2016


It is with regret that The POA NEC has been forced to direct all POA members to take protest action today following the latest offer from NOMS to address concerns over Health & Safety.

This follows the Unions decision this month to suspend planned action and allow talks to take place with governments representatives (NOMS). Unfortunately, these discussions have not addressed the Unions fears nor provided sufficient safeguards.

The POA has consistently raised the volatile and dangerous state of prisons, as chronic staff shortages and impoverished regimes has resulted in staff no longer being safe, a lack of discipline and prisoners taking control of areas.

The continued surge in violence and unprecedented  levels of suicide and acts of self harm, coupled with the recent murder and escapes demonstrate that the service is in meltdown.

The POA as a responsible trades union will ensure every prison has minimum cover arrangements in place to protect prisoner wellbeing security and safety, during this protest.

The Union is seeking urgent meetings with the Government to secure a safe and sensible resolution to these issues.




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