Press Statement by the Prison Officers’ Association, 11th March 2015-Ballot for Industrial Action has 93% in favour
The Prison Officers’ Association have today announced a 93% acceptance for the Ballot for Industrial Action, arising from a series of unilateral decisions made by the Irish Prison Service that have impacted on staff safety.
The National Executive Council of the Prison Officers’ Association have served notice on the Irish Prison Service of their intention to commence industrial action on the 26th March 2015 by the implementation of a work to rule.
Earlier today, the Prison Officers’ Association can confirm that they had a positive engagement with Minister Fitzgerald where there were commitments given to practical measures to ensure the safety of Prison Officers in light of recent incidents in Tallaght Hospital and the Midlands Prison. Minister Fitzgerald received a report on the Tallaght incident and has committed to engage with the Prison Officers’ Association with their inclusion on a Joint Working Group on Escorts and the Incentivised Regime Group.
John Clinton, General Secretary said “while engagement with the Minister was positive as yet we have no concrete resolution to the issues which led to the recent ballot of members”.