The Prison Service is refusing to yield to pressure from
hundreds of prison electricians who are threatening to strike over a name badge
rule. The electricians claim the rule threatens their personal safety.
The 600 electricians from the AEEU union say they will
ballot for industrial action if any member is disciplined for refusing to wear
a name badge.
Under regulations introduced in July, name badges must be
worn by all non-uniform prison staff.
The Prison Service hopes the policy will make staff more
accountable and enhance transparency and public accountability.
But the AEEU fears the policy could leave its members and
their families open to intimidation from offenders.
By Richard Staines