Hull Prison Officers Association calls for safety to be improved in prisons

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by KCFM

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The Prison Officers Association have given the Ministry of Justice an ultimatum to improve safety in prisons.

It’s after they were told last week 4 out of 5 of their members wouldn’t get a pay rise.

If things don’t improve within 28 days, the Prison Officers Association (POA) members will refuse to work in parts of prisons they think are unsafe.

They’re also calling for the board of the National Offender Management Service to resign.

Rob Nicholson from the Hull branch of the POA says successive cuts are making it impossible for prison officers to do their job:

“How are you supposed to interact with prisoners? How are you supposed to build foundations there? We’re taken away from doing the very basics that they probably want you to do, and that’s to make sure these people stay in custody and help with re-offending.”

He says they need to get their voices heard:

“If ministers don’t listen, and if Hull became an unsafe place, or even more unsafe place to work, then I would be asking my members after a full meeting to withdraw to a safe place of work until the employer addresses the issues that were of great concern.”

Rob says morale is at rock bottom:

“Some will be still positive and quite chirpy about coming to work. But the majority of staff will be downtrodden, knowing that everything they do on a daily basis is undermined and then all of a sudden to issue us with a 0% pay award again, it’s just like a double whammy.”

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by KCFM

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