Prison staff under strain

Unprecedented rise in treatment for work related trauma

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Prison Officer’s planned industrial action. Image: Getty images, Cate Gillon

Spending on therapy for prison staff increased nearly ten-fold in the last two years, a parliamentary question has revealed.

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Prisons in Parliament

In face of strike action, prison officers safety is up for debate

Strike action across England and Wales: Source, Bakaedar Flickr

Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 

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Prisons in the press – 7 July

Gloomy stats, drug spats and cyber attacks

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Should Tony Blair face jail for his role in taking the UK to war in Iraq? Photograph: Chatham House

Prisons in the press brings you the best articles from the past week to keep you up-to-date on prison news.

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Prisons in the press – 15 March

Prison officers: undervalued, underpaid and up for industrial action.

Steve Davis’ photograph featured in the Daily Mail. A snapshot of youth incarceration in the United States.

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VIDEO: Head of prison workers’ union criticises Labour and denies ‘no-strike’ deal

General Secretary of POA engages in war of words with politicians and other unions 

Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the POA

Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the POA

The head of the Prison Officers Association (POA) has accused the Labour Party and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) of political game-playing in a dispute over “no-strike” deals.

The POA was accused of signing away their members’ right to strike for two years in exchange for a £2,000 bonus payment.

But Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the union that represents over 35,000 prison, correctional and secure psychiatric workers, said he wanted to “put the record straight” in an exclusive video interview with Prison Watch UK.

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