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181 | 14.09.2018


The POA General Secretary Steve Gillan has today called for all POA members in England and Wales prisons to take protest action outside their workplaces from 07.00 until instructed otherwise.

This decision follows the Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke letter to the Secretary of State issuing an Urgent Notification Notice at HMP Bedford following a catalogue of failure.

The unprecedented levels of violence, and failure of this Government and employer to provide safe prisons has been headline news for some considerable time.

The rise in violence against staff in prisons is laid firmly at the feet of Government and HMPPS, who have overseen the demise of the Prison Service over the last eight years.

Steve Gillan said, “The POA has engaged with the Employer and Ministers in an attempt to resolve issues, but they are paying lip service to the Health & Safety of my members their Human Rights, that of other workers in prisons and of course the prisoners in our care.”

“Earlier this year the POA commenced legal proceedings due to the Government’s failure to provide safe prisons. Bedford with other prisons was placed into Special Measures and commitments made to this union from Government and HMPPS. These commitments were not met and we have issued a further Pre-Action Protocol Letter as part of the Judicial Review process because of their failings to provide safe prisons.”

“We will now be demanding that the Government provide safe prisons, meet our demands to improve Personal Protective Equipment, reduce levels of violence and overcrowding as set out by Lord Justice Woolf in his report into the riots of 1990.”



ENCLOSURE: Prison Safety Briefing Paper

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