Printed: 09:39 14 September 2018 | Updated: 11:10 14 September 2018
About 80 jail officers at Norwich Prison have walked out as part of a “protest” at fears around the well being and protection of staff.
Jailers at the Knox Highway jail have walked out this morning alongside one another with other Prison Officers Association (POA) users at other jails through the region.
The motion at Norwich Jail, which jail officers insist is not a strike, comes soon after attacks on team at the jail have risen considerably around the past pair of yrs.
Steve Searby, chairman of the Jail Officers Association (POA) at Norwich Jail, who previous thirty day period explained how there experienced been 17 attacks on workers in just 6 months, stated: “We’ve bought 80 of us at the gate.
“We’ve just experienced the governor arrive out and give us a direct buy to go again to get the job done which we’re ignoring.”
Mr Searby insisted it was “not a strike” but a “protest on health and fitness and security grounds” by members of the POA only with people who ended up not users nonetheless at operate in the jail.
He said these having part in the motion had been awaiting further instruction from the nationwide executive of the POA who had organised the action.
Mr Searby claimed employees had their radios on them and would go again into the jail if there was an unexpected emergency.
Steve Gillan, typical secretary of the POA, has referred to as for all customers to just take protest action exterior their workplaces from 7am.
It follow the Main Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke’s letter to the Secretary of State issuing an Urgent Notification Detect at HMP Bedford adhering to a catalogue of failure.
Mr Gillan stated, “Earlier this yr the POA commenced authorized proceedings because of to the government’s failure to give secure prisons. Bedford with other prisons was positioned into Particular Actions and commitments manufactured to this union from Government and HMPPS. These commitments ended up not achieved and we have issued a further Pre-Motion Protocol Letter as part of the Judicial Assessment procedure for the reason that of their failings to deliver secure prisons.”
“We will now be demanding that the Authorities give harmless prisons, fulfill our demands to improve Private Protective Devices, cut down amounts of violence and overcrowding as set out by Lord Justice Woolf in his report into the riots of 1990.”