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Following a petition by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union - together with other unions from France and Belgium - the European Commission yesterday said it would be advising the UK authorities that workers on zero hours contracts should be covered by the full range of legal rights afforded to those on full-time contracts, including maternity pay.  

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Commenting on the work and pensions select committee report into the failed Concentrix contract with HMRC, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“This scathing and, in parts, harrowing assessment of the utter failure of this contract shows clearly why the pursuit of private profit has no place in the running of our public services.

“The Concentrix scandal should not just spell the end of the privatisation of tax credits work in HMRC, it should be the final nail in the coffin for the hiving off of our welfare state.”

MPs have called on the Government to act immediately in order to tackle increasing violence, self harm and deaths in prison custody following the decision of the Prison Officers Association NEC to reject Government proposals regarding these issues and host workplace protests across England and Wales.

The POA and members of the Justice Unions and Family Courts Parliamentary Group, which comprises over 60 cross party MPs and Peers as well as several justice sector unions and organisations; Napo, PCS, POA, Police Federation and Simpson Millar Solicitors LLP, have long campaigned for the Ministry of Justice to properly staff our prisons. Investing in appropriate care, education and rehabilitative programmes for inmates in order to tackle the increasing violence as well as ensuring the retention of experienced staff through appropriate pay rewards has been a key focus for the group for over five years. Unfortunately successive Minsters including Chris Grayling, Michael Gove and now Liz Truss have focused on long term initiatives instead of focusing on immediate front line concerns of staff and inmates.

With more reports of deaths, assaults, suicides and violence between inmates and attacks on staff increasing, the Justice Unions and Family Courts Parliamentary Group, as well as supportive MPs and Shadow Cabinet Members, are calling on the Government to negotiate and work urgently with staff representatives to implement an immediate strategy which will enable staff to work in a safe environment and give inmates the protection and rehabilitation they require.

Shadow Justice Minister Richard Burgon MP said: “This Tory Government is failing to address a prisons violence crisis which is leaving staff and prisoners in a dangerous situation.

“It is clear that ministers have lost the confidence of prison officers as a result of workforce reductions and the daily experience of assaults on staff.

“The Justice Secretary needs to reassure the public and staff immediately that prisons are safe places to work.”

Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP said: “We repeatedly warned the Government of the consequences of their job cuts and the pressures prison officers are under. Now urgent action is needed to address the appalling problems POA members are facing. The Government needs to get back round the negotiating table to ensure our prisons are safe.”

Liz Saville-Roberts MP, Co-Chair JUFCPG said: “Assaults in prisons have increased by over 30% and suicides among prisoners are at their worst in 10 years. POA members are crying out that the prison service is bedlam behind closed doors. The Government must recognise that prisons must be resourced properly for everyone’s safety.”



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