Today at 7 am the prison service went on strike.
The strike is illegal, the same as it is with us police officers it is illegal for prison officers to go on strike. However they have still gone on strike!
The reason for their strike, the government haven't given them the pay rise they wanted for the last two years and they have to deal with more and more violence.
Sound familiar??? Would we go on an illegal strike?
No probably not and why? Well who would bail out the government if we went on strike?? I'm sure we will bail them out by looking after the prisons while the prison officers go on strike just as we bailed them out when the firefighters went on strike.
Then when they get the pay rise they want our 'toothless' federation will continue to negotiate for our pay rise but ultimately the government know we will have to take what we are given.
For any MOP reading it is illegal for police officers to join a trade union and it is illegal for us to strike therefore our federation has no influence what so ever on the government.
(PCSO's however are allowed to join a trade union! Maybe we could go on strike and leave them in charge!!!!)