UK-wide prisons walkout called off after unions and bosses agree way forward

The all-out strike that would have hit the UK’s prisons has been called off after the Prison Officers Association (POA) and the Prison Service resolved their ongoing overtime payments dispute.

In talks with the TUC, the POA and the Prison Service agreed that any outstanding payment matters would be considered through the normal procedures.

Phil Wheatley (director general of the Prison Service) and Colin Moses (national chairman of the POA) both said they were pleased that the disagreements had been resolved without legal or industrial action.

Further discussions will be held on Prison Service pay review arrangements, the TUC said.

Prison officers in England and Wales voted in favour of strike action last month, prompting the POA’s national executive committee to call for a vote on strike action across the whole of the UK.

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