Prison staff on strike over pensions row

Prison staff went on strike in a row over pensions and benefits.

Workshop and administrative workers at The Mount in Bovingdon walked out this morning under national ballot action called by the Public and Commercial Services union.

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Union representative Jagtar Singh said: “They want us to pay more, work longer and get less at the end - it doesn’t make sense.

“We are willing to talk to them and negotiate on things but they are unwilling to negotiate.

“This is the most serious dispute we have faced as a union.”