Vote for prison staff over pay strike action
Prison officers are to be balloted on industrial action over pay, as union leaders warned staff morale “has never been lower”.
T h e P r i s o n O f f i c e r s Association Scotland said its members are feeling anger and frustration as they face what union bosses claim is the prospect of another year of capped pay rises.
The were concerned over “inadequate” pay, as officers have to deal with growing levels of violence, overcrowding and increasingly volatile environments.
It called for the Scottish Government to respond quickly to i t s concerns, cautioning: “We are on the slippy slope back to the dark days of the 80s.”
A s p o k e s wo ma n f o r the Scottish Prison Service said: ““In conjunction with the Scottish Government, SPS will do ever ything it can to arrive at a fair and acceptable pay settlement.”