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14 September 2018, 13:20 | Updated: 14 September 2018, 15:43
Prison officers at HMP Birmingham are protesting - over what they say's 'unprecedented levels of violence'. Their union's called for all its members across England and Wales to walk out of their workplaces 'until instructed otherwise'.
Nearly 100 prison officers have protested outside HMP Birmingham over 'unprecedented levels of violence' in jails.
The Prison Officers Association (POA) called for all of its members across the country to protest 'until instructed otherwise', and was called off just before 1pm.
"I'm seeing this job literally destroying people"... a worker at #HMPBirmingham tells us prison staff don't deserve to be treated the way they do— West Mids News (@HeartWMidsNews) September 14, 2018
Members of the @POAUnion are walking out today over the rising levels of violence inside jails #HeartNews pic.twitter.com/p7eIF6lwRm
Staff walked out at 7am this morning in response to a report on Thursday which said there is potential for a 'complete breakdown' in order and discipline at HMP Bedford.
The union claims to have 20,000 members in England and Wales - 90 per cent of all prison staff - and it's thought around 150 officers are protesting outside HMP Birmingham.