Prisons Services, Economic Policy, U.K.
On 20 August the UK government was forced to take back control of a privatised prison in Birmingham in central England following a damning report by the prisons inspectorate. The prison had been run since 2011 by the G4S group, one of three multinationals that run 14 prisons in England.
The POA prison staff union's call for action by its members on 14 September was widely supported across the country. The union decided on the action following the latest revelations of violence against staff at Bedford prison in south east England which received an "urgent notification" from the Chief Inspector of Prisons who warned of the potential for a complete breakdown in order at the institution. The notification requires a response from the government. The POA has been demanding national action to reduce overcrowding and tackle violence and says that government imposed cuts are behind
(12 May 2016) Prison service workers are very concerned about their health and safety in the UK. That was a strong message at the annual POA Conference. After years of budget cuts as a consequences of the conservative government austerity policies, prisons are not well maintained. The prison
European trade unions fight for workers' rights in aftermath brexit.Leaders of European Trade unions in the ETUC met UK unionists to discuss the consequences of BREXIT. The extraordinary committee adopted a statement that calls for an end to austerity. We ask for more investment in public services