JUSTICE denied

JUSTICE denied

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E Coyne started this petition to THE RT HON SAJID JAVID (Home Secretary UK) and

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN UK PRISONS 

  • PRISON PETITIONS ARE NOT POPULAR.  THEY ARE PLACES IN WHICH THE MAJORITY OF THE PUBLIC DO NOT WANT TO WORK ALTHOUGH IF PROPERLY RESOURCED, WITH SUPPORTIVE MANAGEMENT/STAFF AND A MONITORED EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY CAN BE VERY WORTHWHILE.  IF THERE’S A PROBLEM WE EXPECT PARLIAMENT TO SORT IT.  EQUALITY SHOULD EXIST NOT ONLY WITHIN A PRISON BUT ACROSS THE BOARD.

WHEN I JOINED A HOME OFFICE PRISON AS A MINORITY ETHNIC TEACHER I BELIEVED IT TO BE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES’ EMPLOYER.  DENIED ADEQUATE RESOURCES, ALL STAFF REPORTING RIGHTS, ALL TRAINING, A RED BAND,  I EVEN HAD TO PAY FOR MY OWN ACCOMMODATION TO VISIT HMP STYAL AS PART OF THE JOB AND THE STAFF/INMATES CHRISTMAS PARTY UNLIKE OTHER WORKERS. ON 1 HALF DAY A WEEK I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A PLACE TO WORK SO I HAD TO STAY IN THE PRISON DARKROOM WITHOUT LIGHT/HEAT WHILST MY MALE COLLEAGUE WORKED IN MY ROOM.  IT WAS DEGRADING.  I WAS TOLD BY THE PERSON WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PRISON AT THIS TIME NOT TO REFER TO “MY” ROOM ANYMORE.   ONE’S WORPLACE NOW WAS THE ROOM SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE LIBRARY AND THE PUNISHMENT BLOCK! 

  • AS THE GOVERNOR REFUSED TO MEET PCS UNION OR MYSELF AT ALL TIMES, IN DESPERATION THE HOME SECRETARY WAS WRITTEN TO.  2 MORE HOME SECRETARIES WERE MADE AWARE OF THE ABOMINABLE TREATMENT BUT THEY DID NOTHING.  FOLLOWING THIS THE UNION PHONE WAS CUT OFF, MY PHONE/WORKSHOP WAS BUGGED, THE PRISON TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM WAS INSTRUCTED NOT TO ALLOW CALLS THROUGH ON MY BEHALF AND A MEETING WAS HELD IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT INSTRUCTING ALL WORKERS TO REFUSE ME THE USE OF THEIR ‘PHONES TO CONTACT WINGS - A NECESSARY PART OF THE JOB.  NOT A SINGLE PERSONAL CALL WAS MADE BY ME WHILST IN PRISON.  
  • THE SUCCESS OF THE PRISON INMATES IN MY GROUPS WAS CONTINUOUSLY THE HIGHEST SINCE RECORDS BEGAN BY MAKING DO WITH THE POOR RESOURCES GIVEN AND WORKING HARD. JEALOUSY IS A NEGATIVE BUT NORMAL EMOTION.  IT’S WHEN ONE ACTS ON IT THAT IT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE.  IF NOT ADDRESSED WITHIN THE WORKPLACE IT CAN BECOME A PROBLEM OUTSIDE TOO WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES.  

THE HOME OFFICE HAVE SPENT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ON THIS CASE. IT’S RISING.  I EVEN HAD TO PAY FOR DISKS AND PENCILS FOR THE PRISON JOB. WHEN 80 DOCUMENTS WERE REFUSED FOR DISCLOSURE AND ALL FILES DISAPPEARED ACCESS TO A FAIR, BALANCED HEARING AND JUSTICE BECOMES MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.  WHEN WILL PARLIAMENT, WHICH IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR PRISONS EXAMINE THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT FOR MINORITY ETHNIC WORKERS INSIDE AND LOOK CAREFULLY AT HOW GOVERNORS GOVERN?  IS THE HOME OFFICE FIT FOR PURPOSE YET?  

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