On Thursday 7 June 2018, Community hosted its first ever bespoke justice sector conference, an opportunity for members, employers, industry experts and politicians to come together to discuss the difficulties and future plans for the private prison and immigration service sector in the UK.
Community members had the opportunity to question their employers on various topics, speak about their experiences in the workplace and have a meaningful input in Community’s campaign plans within the sector going forward. The senior leadership of Serco also signed Community’s mental health charter, committing all private prisons run under a Serco contract to play their part in tackling the stigma around mental health in the workplace.
Speaking after the conference, Adrian Axtell, National Officer for Justice & custodial services at Community, said “This conference is a great example of the attention to detail Community pays when campaigning for its sectors. We provided a platform for our members and reps to challenge managers and political decision makers on the things that matter most to them.
“It’s great to see the amount of member activism taking place right now, and I’m confident that we have some good ideas to take back into the workplace as a result of what took place today.”
Community is the leading union in justice, custodial and immigration services in the UK.