Tuesday 28 February 2017 / 11:14 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Tories’ complacent attitude to relations with prison staff suggests they are still not serious about resolving the crisis – Burgon

Richard
Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on reports that the
Government will take legal action over “unlawful” industrial action by prison
staff, said:

“The
Tories’ complacent attitude to relations with prison staff suggests they are
still not serious about resolving the crisis they have created in our prisons.

“Violence
is at record levels and more people are leaving the service than joining.

“After
having their last pay offer rejected, ministers have followed it up with one
which attempts to divides prison staff across the country and is condemned by
governors as well as by frontline officers.

“To
turn around this mess, we need a Justice Secretary who is serious about working
with prison officers and we need a Prisons Bill which will deliver serious
reform. Sadly, at the moment we have neither.”

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