A very interesting and exciting day. I am still on holiday , by the way , so I could waste my time lounging on my sofa cheering on the brave Prison Officers.
I followed both BBC and Sky News coverage. I found the BBC coverage decidedly anti ,until loads of emails were sent in criticising . Excuses were rustled up when criticism was levelled at the way prison reps and in particular Steve Gough of the POA were being interviewed.
Why don't you give Jack Straw, Justice Minister, the same treatment was asked. Apparently he had a prior appointment. Likewise Brown was busy.
What contempt these Labour Leaders who receive Trade Union money at election time show.
The POA were very well organised and deserve credit for the way they handled the dispute. Special mention should go to Steve Baines, the rep at Liverpool who really represented his members well, as reported by the BBC.
By the way ,to the BBC reporter I say, the word is 'Arse'.
No one will be offended.
As the crisis in our workplaces mounts up , and by that I mean long hours, low pay, low morale, bullying bosses, unreasonable requests, household debt, crap pensions, etc,etc,etc, I can see more brave challenges like this to the government and the employers they represent.
It is fair and democratic for all workers to ask for a complete repeal of the Tory Anti Trade Union Laws.