Justice and custodial workers

Community has long represented people working across the privatised justice and custodial sector. We understand the unique working environment, and the challenges and opportunities that it presents to the workforce. 

Community supports more workers in the privatised justice and custodial sector than any other union. 

Thousands of our members work in:

  • Private prisons
  • Secure immigration centres
  • Young offender institutions
  • Secure training centres
  • Courts & prisoner escorting
  • Electronic monitoring services
  • Overseas escort services

Our members work for a range of companies and organisations in the sector including Serco, Sodexo, G4S, Mitie, Capita EMS and Catch 22.

Our members’ work is vital to the UK justice system, and to public safety with our members an unsung emergency service.

Workers in the justice and custodial sector face environments of considerable risk, frequently resulting in situations that represent a risk to their health and safety. Promoting and protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our members is of the utmost importance. That’s why we’re running a campaign to ensure that everyone working in the sector can go to work from threats or fear of assault. Find out more about the campaign here

We understand the pressures workers can face on the frontline and count former prison officers amongst our full-time staff. We have decades of experience in supporting and representing justice services workers as well as negotiating with the leading contract companies in the sector. 

We’re fighting for a better working world, and we want you to join us.

Find out more about why you should join Community here.

For more information, contact help@community-tu.org

I have been a prison officer of 16 years, working for Sodexo justice services at HMP Peterborough. I remember hearing a union membership was a bit like an insurance policy and it seemed like a good deal and something sensible to do. Little did I know that the small amount per month would turn out to be one of the best and most sensible purchases I would ever make. I am immensely thankful to Community for being there for me during difficult times at work.
- Lorraine, Community member
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