British prisons brace for strike action

British prisons brace for strike action
# 04 November 2012 00:16 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. British jails are bracing for wide-spread chaos as trade unions prepare for an industrial action against the privatization of prisons, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that servicemen including Army, Navy and RAF personnel are on standby to replace prison and probation officers in case they stage a walk-out, the Daily Telegraph reported.

According to the report, servicemen and women have been receiving training how to carry out “non-prisoner-facing” duties, including security work such as patrolling perimeter fences and monitoring CCTV, in case a strike goes ahead.

Britain has put the running of its seven prisons up for competitive tender and decisions are expected within the next few weeks.

The MoD described giving assistance to the Ministry of Justice in the event of strike action as part of its long-standing contingency plans.

This comes as prison officers are banned by law from taking industrial action and do not traditionally announce the move in advance, instead launching ’wildcat’ strikes.
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