Prison officers walk out in safety protest

prison-barsUp to 10,000 prison officers are today walking out of work in a dispute over health and safety concerns.

The union is forbidden to take strike action, so the decision to down tools is instead described as a “protest”.

The POA is concerned about the rise of attacks on staff rising by 43% in the year to June to 5,954, with 697 of them recorded as serious.

A POA spokesperson said: “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 union said its members will provide emergency cover throughout the 24-hour dispute.

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