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Prison officers consider strike action

Moves to privatise prisons in the UK have prompted some employees to consider staging industrial action.

15 April 2011

Strike negotiations could soon be required after the Prison Officers' Association (POA) confirmed its members are to be balloted on industrial action.

The coalition government recently confirmed that Featherstone 2 and Birmingham prisons are to be sold off to private sector organisations.

According to the POA, the responsibility of imprisoning citizens must remain in the hands of the state, rather than "profiteers".

As a result, it is planning to ask its members to vote on whether they should stage strike action in order to express their opposition to the move.

Steve Gillan, general secretary of the POA, stated that the union is prepared to take "clear and decisive action" if necessary.

National chairman Colin Moses added: "It is vital that the members have their say through the ballot box".

Speaking last month, Mr Moses described the decision to place Birmingham and Featherstone 2 prisons into private hands as "wrong and immoral".

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