Justice, Custodial & Immigration services

Community is proud of its diversity and equality. We represent members and their families across all industries and sectors in the UK. Unlike many other unions that specialise in specific job markets, Community is proud to be an inclusive organisation; welcoming anyone as a member, regardless of the sector they work in, how they work, or where they live. In this section we talk about some of the sectors we currently support.

Standing up for Justice, Custodial and Immigration Services workers

Community represents more workers in privatised justice services 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. They are uniformed in the same way as the police, fire, and armed services and they work in a situation of considerable risk, almost continually in a
dangerous situation. Accordingly, promoting and protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our members is of the utmost importance.
Former prison officers are among our full-time staff, so we understand the pressures workers can face on the frontline and we have a great deal of experience in supporting and representing justice services workers as well as negotiating with the leading contract companies in the sector.

We are committed to: 

  1. Establishing constructive relationships and effective industrial relations with employers to achieve the best possible terms and conditions for our members;
  2. Continually developing a union that is innovative, responsive and relevant to the specific needs of its members in UK justice and custodial services;
  3. Maintaining and developing our position as a modern, forward-thinking union; Providing quality training for, and the continuous development of, our full-time and workplace representatives – empowering them­ to recruit and effectively assist and support members;
  4. Promoting anti-discriminatory practice in the workplace and in all that we do;
  5. Promoting and campaigning for the policies and interests of our members in the workplace, the political arena and the broader community.

Services & benefits for members include: 

  • Our Service Centre, which is unparalleled in the trade union movement;
  • Best in class legal services, including personal injury advice and representation for you and your family;
  • Excellent core benefits including the union’s Child Benefit, Bereavement Benefit and Benevolent Fund.

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Professional advice to help you through the self-employment maze.

Keeping us safe at HMP Lowdham Grange
Roy Rickhuss - July 8th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today I visited HMP Lowdham Grange to meet just some of our many justice sector workers who have been keeping us safe and learn more [...]
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Protect all essential workers
Community - February 25th, 2021 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), the government’s advisory body on the vaccination process, handed their final recommendations to ministers on Sunday. As [...]
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Community stands up for prison workers
Community - February 20th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This week Community secured a number of important changes our Justice members to protect their health and improve their conditions at an increasingly challenging time.
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Committee calls for vaccine priority for frontline workers
Community - January 28th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This week Community Union’s justice and custodial sector committee met to discuss issues in the sector, particularly in relation to the ongoing pandemic. The committee [...]
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Community responds to today’s comments from Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi
Community - January 18th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
We welcome the comments from the Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi today, stating that professions who are more likely to come into contact [...]
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Making a difference as a Community rep
Lorraine Jakeman - November 16th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Like many life changing events, people always remember where they were when it happened. In March I was attending the TUC women’s conference on behalf [...]
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Response to the Chancellor’s announcement
Community - September 24th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, today announced a plan for our economy for the coming months. This new ‘Winter Economic Plan’ comes following the imposition of [...]
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Government must act to save jobs and industries
Community - September 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today, Community have written to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action to protect industries and save jobs. You can read our letter here: Dear [...]
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Frontline workers represented at #LabourConnected
Christopher Knight - September 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This week, Community NEC member and prison officer Chris Knight spoke at the key workers rally at Labour Party conference. You can read his speech [...]
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Sentencing reform must be part of a wider plan to tackle violence
Community - September 18th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Government has announced important sentencing reform that will see the maximum penalty for assaulting an emergency service worker doubled – from one to two [...]
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