As of 07:00 this morning thousands of prison officers went on strike "after two years of frustration and two years of below-inflation pay awards" Prison Officers' Association (POA) chairman Colin Moses said.
87% of the prison officers said they were willing to strike when asked in a POA national ballot of members two weeks ago. The government are saying that the strike action is illegal and that police officers may be brought in to ensure the safety of the prisoners. The prisoners are being kept in their cells - I say good, but no doubt they will be successfully claiming compensation for restrictions to their "Human Rights".
Colin Moses went on to say: "These are professional men and women who every day look after those committed by the courts to our prisons. Surely we should be treated as well, if not better, than the prisoners we look after."
I know for a fact that when I served in the Royal Navy, our budget for food was less than that of a prisoner. No doubt it is still the same five years on. Some prisoners have said that they wouldn't mind sharing cells to overcome the shortage of spaces, but they are not happy about having two to a cell when there is only one control for the Play Station.