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Thousands of prison officers in England and Wales are striking in a protest over pay, the association representing them has said.
The Prison Officers' Association says the strike, which started at 0700 BST, will go on for a minimum of 24 hours. The government said the officers were acting illegally.
The Ministry of Justice has won a High Court injunction to stop the illegal strike.
The POA had its right to take industrial action taken away by the Conservative government in 1993 and even if it could strike it would have to give seven days' notice before any action.
Originally posted by ChrisF231
Dont Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own prison services? Also should the striking officers refuse to go back to work how would the UK secure its prisons? The Army?
Originally posted by Rasobasi420
Is there a skeleton crew or a bunch of scabs working at least?
It's wrong to just leave a bunch of hardened criminals on their own, even if we do ave them on lockdown.
Originally posted by spencerjohnstone
When was the last time the prison officers went on strike?
Originally posted by infinite
yeah, fair point.
But, you don't hold an illegal strike.
They are not above the law.