10 May 2012
The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) is the second biggest civil service union – after PCS.
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “I send solidarity to the brave members of the POA who have defied draconian laws that ban them from taking industrial action by walking out to hold protest meetings at jails today.
“We share their concerns about the health of workers in stressful public sector jobs being forced to work to 68 before they can take a decent pension.
“Our message to the government is clear – 68 is too late and it is not fair to make civil servants work longer and pay more for smaller pensions.”