10 May 2012
They join PCS members, health workers in the Unite union, college lecturers, public servants in Northern Ireland, and seafarers in the Royal Fleet Auxilliary protesting at government plans to make them work longer and pay more for smaller pensions.
Prison officers are banned by law from striking but their union the POA has called protest meetings at jails.
P J McParlin, national chairman of the POA, said: “We will protect our pensions. We have a right to retire from service not to die in service.”
About 400,000 workers are taking part in today’s co-ordinated action over pensions. They are members of seven unions: the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), Unite, the University and College Union (UCU), the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA), the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) , the Immigration Service Union (ISU), and Prison Officers’ Association (POA).
The Police Federation is organising a march in London today over cuts, privatisation and cuts to officers’ pensions.
Yesterday the POA executive agreed to support the ‘68 is too late’ state pension age campaign (link) launched this week by PCS, Unite and the National Union of Teachers (NUT).