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POA talks could result in strike action

Talks by the Prison Officers Association could prompt a need for strike negotiations.

01 April 2011

Talks scheduled to be held at branches of the Prison Officers Association (POA) across the country could result in strike action.

Negotiation strategies may need to be formulated by policymakers after the organisation slammed a decision to hand HMP Birmingham and HMP Featherstone 2 to a private sector company to run.

Steven Gillan, general secretary for the POA, blasted the move as a "disgraceful decision".

"Prisons should not be run for the benefit of shareholders nor for profit … this coalition government has betrayed loyal public sector workers for their friends in the private sector," he said.

Similar comments were issued by national chairman for the organisation Colin Moses, who blasted the decision as "wrong and immoral" and vowed that the POA would continue its campaign against privately-run prisons.

Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke has made it known that soldiers have been put on standby, should union members working in the correctional facilities decide to implement industrial action.
 

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