Thousands of prison officers are defying a High Court injunction and refusing to end their national strike over a pay dispute.
The surprise walkout by members of the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) in England and Wales began at 0700 BST.The action came after it pulled out of a no-strike agreement with government.
Officers in Bristol, Canterbury and Long Lartin returned to work in the afternoon, but other POA members said they would stay out for 24 hours.
Frolix put it nicely-
The Government’s message is all too clear: work harder, in deteriorating conditions, while we year on year cut your pay but try to withdraw your labour and we’ll force you back to work using the courts.
And this is supposed to be a Labour government?
And as he also says prison officers are less sympathetic than nurses, but they are agents of the implied violence of the state, if the govt. cannot control them it loses some authority, some legitimacy. Which drives authoritarians nuts especially with their newly minted Ministry of Justice, MiniJust won’t be pleased. It also shows the inherent conservatism of the Blair project, the restrictions on the prison officers labour rights started with the Tories and NuLab continued them while spinning that it hadn’t-
In the event of the POA giving notice to terminate the legally enforceable collective agreement in circumstances where further agreement was not possible, the Secretary of State would seek during the 12-month period of notice of withdrawal from the agreement to reapply Section 127 through primary legislation.
the prison officers have full union rights on condition that they don’t use them! How wonderfully New Labour.