Prison officers halt work over safety fears, union says
Thousands of prison officers in England have stopped work amid health and safety concerns, their union has said.
The Prison Officers Association said up to 10,000 members would take part in the day of protest, which would be "interpreted as a strike", after talks with the government broke down.
It said members would provide only emergency cover to protect prisoners' well-being.
The Ministry of Justice described the action as unjustified and "unlawful".
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