Prison staff go on strike

Prison
workers are on strike today in protest at the imposition of a 1 per cent pay
rise by the Prison Service.

It
is the first strike in 25 years by prison industrial and agricultural workers,
who provide gas, electricity, cooking and other services.

Neil
Moore, GMB national officer, said the staff had been forced to take action by
the ‘disgraceful treatment of their employer’.

“It
seems that the real criminals are the Prison Service bosses who made this offer
– and we are calling on the Home Secretary to intervene and ensure that they
enter into real consultation with the unions to sort this out,” he said.

The
striking workers are also represented by Amicus, TGWU and UCATT unions.

By Michael Millar

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