Prison staff to strike over ‘insulting’ pay offer

Prison
service staff are set to strike over pay after rejecting a 1 per cent pay
offer.

Members
of the GMB union working in industrial and agricultural roles providing gas,
electricity, cooking and other services in prisons, will stage discontinuous
action running from 31 August to 2 September.

This
is the second strike the workers will hold this year, after a one-day strike in
May – the first in 25 years.

GMB
national officer Neil Moore called the 1 per cent offer "insulting".

“The
GMB represents the kind of people who keep the nation’s prisons clean, who cook
food, who mend the plumbing or the electrics when they go wrong,” he said.
“They sustain these places for the safety of the nation, and they deserve a
better pay deal to help sustain themselves and their families.”

By Michael Millar

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