The Prison Officers’ Association can confirm that industrial action, in the form of a work stoppage went ahead at Cloverhill Prison today and a further one hour stoppage is planned for tomorrow.
Jim Mitchell, Deputy General Secretary, POA, said this evening,“We are bitterly disappointed that talks at the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday last, which could have resolved this industrial action at Cloverhill, were unnecessarily delayed.
Today’s industrial action has gone ahead primarily because of a lack of staff on the landings in Cloverhill – and the knock on safety issues, which have developed. Prison Officers at Cloverhill are understandably concerned about the types of prisoners being housed there and the increased risk associated with this”.
Mitchell went on to say, “There is a lack of application of Health and Safety measures at Cloverhill – and this is a direct responsibility of prison management.
It is most regretful that management could not have made a more constructive effort to resolve the very real safety issues for our members at Cloverhill and in doing so could have avoided today’s industrial action”.
The industrial action at Cloverhill Prison will also proceed tomorrow (Friday) from 2pm to 3pm, as will the industrial action planned for next week at Mountjoy Prison. This is the current position unless management can find a way of addressing the key safety issues, which have been clearly identified.