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The Prison Officers Association have said they are "going back to the normal regime":
Jails across the UK have been hit by prison officers going out on strike. Prison staff, like police, are not legally allowed to go on strike, and are calling the action a "protest."
Prisoner officers are angry that their retirement age of 60, which was in line with police, army and fire service, had now been raised to 67 by the Government. Prison officer Mike Lowe said:
The walkout by prison officers in most jails is unlawful and ministers are considering court action to end the dispute, the Government said today.
The Ministry of Justice said ministers could seek an injunction to force staff to return to work.
Prison officers started unannounced 'protest meetings' outside of their workplace at 7 am this morning. They are protesting over government plans to link their normal pension age to the state pension age.
Court cases have been thrown into disarray by an unannounced strike by prison officers. One such case was a triple murder trial at Maidstone Crown Court were two out of the three defendants failed to be produced by the Prison Service.
Judge Mr Justice Sweeney had to apologise to jurors who had turned up expecting to hear further evidence about the case involving the deaths of three generations of one family in an arson attack on their home in Chatham, Kent. He explained:
Prison Officers across England, Wales and Scotland are holding 'protest meetings' against Government plans to link the normal pension age to the state pension age.
Protest action has been sanctioned by the National Executive Committee commencing at 07.00 hours, until the Executive direct otherwise.
While the POA chairman PJ McParlin reiterated:
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Prison officers across England, Scotland and Wales have returned to work after their walkout over changes to their retirement age.