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POA to fight £210,000 fine

PRISON officers will appeal against a judgement which fined their union £210,000 for taking part in protest action.

The POA union has been ruled in contempt of court for a series of walkouts this year and last year over rising prison violence.

The court ruled that the walkouts were in breach of a permanent injunction which prohibits prison officers from engaging in industrial action, as well as the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.  

However, the union claims that the judgement flouts human rights law.

POA general secretary Steve Gillan said: “The POA has been restricted by the courts and legislation since 1994. 

“For 25 years we have campaigned against this pernicious piece of legislation which restricts POA members’ basic human rights.  

“We hope our appeal against this judgement will be successful.”

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