Friday, 14 September 2018

Prison staff strike ended after union's 'constructive dialogue' with minister

A strike by prison officers which triggered delays at courts across the country has been called off after "constructive dialogue" addressed union concerns.
The Prison Officers' Association (POA) said staff returned to their posts from 1pm, with those taking part in the industrial action being docked half a day's pay.

At least 5,000 prison officers across England and Wales were expected to take part in the protests, which began at 7am, over safety improvements in jails and a reduction in violence and overcrowding.

The dispute led to judicial proceedings being abandoned because defendants were unable to arrive at courts. It was unclear if court cases would resume after the strike was called off.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, Honorary Recorder of Sheffield, expressed his "displeasure" after making a decision to adjourn the sentencing of a drug gang at Sheffield Crown Court.

He said at least two of the six defendants who were in custody failed to arrive at the court and added he had been told a van waiting to transport at least one of them was stuck outside HMP Manchester.

The sentencing of two teenagers and a youth at Luton Crown Court over a knife fight in a shopping centre was also adjourned on Friday because one of the defendants could not be transported.

SKY      News.

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