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.
– Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association
The POA has submitted a case to Government to support our view that it is unrealistic for prisonofficers to be automatically linked to the state pension age, which willultimately 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.
While the POA chairman PJ McParlin reiterated:
– PJ McParlin, Chairman of the Prison Officers Association
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.