Yesterday, the Government announced an Emergency Prison Release Scheme based on legislation that will allow early releases. This scheme will apply to prisoners serving determinate sentences with automatic release at 50% point.
PR 249: WANDSWORTH ESCAPE
On the 6th September 2023 a Prisoner escaped from Wandsworth prison and this has been widely reported in the media.
PR 248: DEATHS IN CUSTODY RAISE ALARM BELLS FOR POA UNION
The Prison Officers Association have highlighted their concerns over the rising number of deaths in custody, particularly self-inflicted deaths, since Prison regimes have been expanded throughout the course of 2023.
PR 247: PAY AWARD FOR PRISON OFFICERS DIVISIVE POA STATE
The Prison Officers Association has reacted cautiously to todays announcement covering the pay of Prison Officer and Operational Support grades working within Public Sector Prisons in England and Wales.
PR 246: STRIKE BREAKING AGENCY WORKER REGULATIONS ARE UNLAWFUL
The High Court has today ruled that the Government’s Agency Worker Regulations are unlawful following a successful legal challenge by 13 Unions, of which the POA was one.
PR 245: JUSTICE COMMITTEE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE A DAMNING INDICTMENT ON THE DIRE WORKING CONDITIONS PRISON STAFF HAVE TO ENDURE SAY POA
Today heralds the release of the Justice Select Committee survey of operational prison staff. The results confirm what the POA Union who represent operational Prison Officers and related grades have been stating for years.
PR 244: POA CONDEMN SHORT-SIGHTED GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
The POA has condemned the Government for announcing that only a select group of Civil Servants will receive a one off £1500 cost of living payment in addition to any pay award for 2023/24.
PR 243: POA BALLOT RESULTS ON NHS PAY OFFER
POA balloted it’s healthcare members on the Government’s improved offer to those staff covered by the Agenda for Change Pay Negotiations.
PR 242: UNIONS’ CHALLENGE TO PENSION CHANGES
Judicial Review proceedings commenced by six trade unions, relating to changes made by the Government to public sector pensions, will be heard in the High Court on 31st January 2023, with the trial due to last until Friday 3rd February.
PR 241:POA ONE OF 11 UNIONS CHALLENGING GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS WHICH ALLOW AGENCY WORKERS TO FILL IN FOR STRIKING WORKERS
The High Court has given the green light to Unions’ legal challenge against “strike-breaking” agency worker regulations. A Judicial review of “anti-worker” regulations which “undermine the right to strike” is expected to be heard in March.