Prison Workers Begin Strike ‘Until Instructed Otherwise’, POA Union Says

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Prison officers have begun protest action “until instructed otherwise”, their union has said.

The POA trade union said its general secretary Steve Gillan had called for all members in England and Wales prisons to take protest action outside their workplaces from 7am on Friday until instructed otherwise.

The POA said the action was in response to a report on Thursday by Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke who raised the alarm over the potential for a “complete breakdown” in order and discipline at HMP Bedford.

Inmates have effectively taken control at the violent, overcrowded and vermin-infested jail, the watchdog said.

The POA said: “The unprecedented levels of violence, and failure of this Government and employer to provide safe prisons has been headline news for some considerable time.

“The rise in violence against staff in prisons is laid firmly at the feet of Government and HMPPS (prisons and probation service), who have overseen the demise of the prison service over the last eight years.”

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