Government wins High Court bid to ban prison officer strikes

The Government has won its High Court bid to obtain a permanent ban on industrial action by prison officers.The application from the Ministry of Justice was in response to a move in February by the Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers (POA) to call on its members to take action short of a strike.An interim injunction was granted requiring the POA to withdraw a circular telling members to refuse to undertake certain voluntary tasks.Daniel Stilitz QC said earlier this month that the case was brought to make sure the union "does not seek to breach the law again".