A thousand prison officers in May Day wildcat action

Another stunning display of solidarity by prison officers, who New Labour banned from taking official action:

Prison officers have returned to work at six jails in Yorkshire after walking out in support of two colleagues who had been suspended.

About 400 staff initially walked out at Lindholme and Moorlands prisons near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and at Everthorpe jail in East Yorkshire.

They were joined later by another 600 officers at New Hall, Wakefield and Wetherby jails in West Yorkshire.

They went back after the Prison Service agreed to review the suspensions.

The walkouts happened when two officers were suspended at Lindholme, said the Prison Officers’ Association (POA).

POA national vice chairman Steve Cox said the officers were suspended for remarks made during a disciplinary hearing into the dismissal of a female officer.

He said she had been sacked last month for allegedly assaulting a male prisoner who was being restrained, an allegation which she and her colleagues denied.

The unofficial action ended after five hours when the deputy director general of the Prison Service, Michael Spurr, agreed to look into the matter on Friday.

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POA national executive officer Joe Simpson said the suspensions were “the last straw” for officers who were angry at the way they were being treated by prison management.

“Members of staff are currently outside the jail having withdrawn their labour as individuals,” he said.

“They walked out at 1230 after a branch meeting.

“We are hoping senior management will come to their senses and decide they do not want this dispute to go on.”

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