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Community responds to prison officer pay rise

Community - 19th February 2017

Justice Secretary, Liz Truss has today announced pay rises for prison staff at certain institutions across England and Wales. Responding to this announcement, Community, the justice services union, has welcomed the move but insisted that conditions and training standards must rise across the whole justice sector.

Community represents the majority of private sector prison staff and has welcomed the fact the government has started to respond to many issues identified by its ‘Safer Justice Sector’ campaign, including the pay and training opportunities for its officers.

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:

“Today’s announcement is testament to the work prison officers have been doing across the UK to highlight the challenging, and at times dangerous, nature of their roles.

“Additional staff announced by the Secretary of State in November 2016 is a good start but the entire role of a prison officer needs urgent review and attention to ensure officers get the necessary recognition and support in carrying out this vital, frontline public service.

“The government has now set the bar for the pay and development of prison officers. The rest of the private justice sector must now meet that bar.”