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POA to hold strike negotiations

The Prison Officers Association has announced a number of consultations will be taking place on plans to privatise Birmingham Prison.

04 April 2011

The Prison Officers Association (POA) has revealed that it will be attending strike negotiations in the coming weeks.

After secretary of state for justice Ken Clarke last week revealed that Birmingham Prison is to be privatised, national chairman for the organisation Colin Moses issued a notification to its members.

He set out a number of steps the POA would be taking to combat the move towards a privately-run correctional facility.

Mr Moses explained that a meeting with the chief executive of the National Offender Management Service was due to be attended last Friday (March 31st) and that a consultation with TUC boss Brendan Barber was also being sought.

He went on to reveal that a request had been made with prisons minister Crispin Blunt for a meeting today (Monday 4th April) and called this period a "pivotal" time for the union.

Last week, Steven Gillan, general secretary for the POA, criticised the move towards privatisation as a "disgraceful decision".

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