PCS has been involved in pre-dispute discussions with HMCTS over our concerns over the stand up of Courts and Tribunals Service Centres (CTSCs) and the wider Reform Programme. Unfortunately, we were unable to make sufficient progress with those informal discussions and on the 16 October, we entered a formal dispute under the Collective Engagement Framework Dispute Resolution Procedure (DRP).
All POA branches in England and Wales are holding branch meetings today regarding staff and prisoner safety in our prisons.
As you will know, the POA are taking action TODAY.
The damning failures of G4S at Winson Green have finally forced MoJ to take temporary control of the prison. There needs to be an urgent independent review into how and why the private sector failed so badly.
PCS calls for investment in staff for safer, rehabilitation focused prisons.