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Thursday 19 November 2015

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Support the petition to reinstate prison officers' right to strike

After the recent decision of the Scottish government to restore the right to strike to Scottish Prison Officers, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has received an appeal from the Prison Officers Association (POA) national executive committee member Michael Rolfe to step up the campaign for the same right to be returned to prison staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

TUSC's core policies, the platform on which we fielded candidates at the May general election, included explicit support for action to "reinstate full trade union rights to prison officers" including, of course, the right to strike (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy ).

Michael writes: "Please could you post the following to your page so that people can sign the petition?

"Following the Scottish government's decision to give Scottish Prison Officers the right to strike back this week, we demand the same is afforded to prison staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"All workers in the UK deserve full workers' rights! Please take the time to sign, share and force the government to respond to this petition by gaining at least 10,000 signatures. Repeal section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994!"

Go to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/111353 to add your name.