Hundreds of prison Officers across England, Wales and Scotland are holding protest meetings against Coalition Government plans to link the normal pension age to the state pension age. It coincides with strike action across the UK by other public sector …

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Hundreds of prison Officers across England, Wales and Scotland are holding protest meetings against Coalition Government plans to link the normal pension age to the state pension age.

It coincides with strike action across the UK by other public sector unions over pension cuts.

Prison officers walked out en masse from 7am.

Officials have been tolds Protest action has been told to ensure that minimum cover arrangements are in place to ensure prisoner safety.

PoA general secretary,Steve Gillan, said:“The POA has submitted a case to Government to support our view that it is unrealistic for Prison Officers to be automatically linked to the state pension age, which will ultimately rise to 68 years of age. 

“Unfortunately, it has fallen on deaf ears and Prison Officers have no other option but to protest to gain public attention”.

Senior POA officials say the protest is against the Coalition government and not the employer.

P J McParlin, National Chairman of the POA stated:“We are an essential uniformed service in a volatile operational workplace.

“A pension age of 68 is unacceptable to this trade union.  We will protect our pensions.  We have a right to retire from service not to die in service”.


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