Prison guards threaten strike over Government `betrayal'

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PRISON officers yesterday threatened a national dispute over the Government's refusal to reverse a ban on industrial action.

A conference in London of the Prison Officers' Association accused Labour of "betrayal" and agreed to use disruptive action to protect the health and safety of prison officers. Mark Healy, chairman of the POA, said confrontation was now "likely" within weeks.

The Prison Service has offered a new pay review body and independent arbitration for settling disputes to compensate for the Government's refusal to restore the right to take action.