It looks like the prison officers are on strike again. Once again it's unofficial action because regulations forbid them taking legal strike action.
Liverpool prison officers walked out against bullying and harassment by superior officers and according to the BBC staff at three other jails have threatened to take solidarity action.
The union's deputy leader complained that the employers had simply refused to discuss workers concerns saying; "The Prison Service's intransigence on this issue is ridiculous.They would not agree to a meeting to discuss this issue. The POA are holding out the olive branch."
"We have said to the Prison Service you can end this dispute now by agreeing to a dedicated meeting to discuss the bullying and harassment by senior management at Liverpool.They are refusing to do that. Some prisons had meetings this morning to discuss this issue. I would expect other prisons to follow suit."
As I said during their last dispute "If we're to have prison officers let them be well looked after, motivated individuals who don't feel like taking their frustrations out on the prisoners. Which I suppose means I support the action. Victory to the POA!"