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Walk out by prison officers

Prison Officers across the region are holding protest meetings about changes to pensions. The walkout has been sanctioned by the Prison Officers' Association's National Executive Committee.

They say branch officials have been briefed to ensure that minimum cover arrangements are in place for prisoner safety.

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.

– Steve Gillan, General Secretary of the Prison Officers' Association
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