Annual Conference 2014

75th Anniversary Annual Conference 2014

  

Date: 13th - 15th May 2014 inclusive
Venue: Southport Theatre and Convention Centre
The Promenade
Southport
PR9 0DZ


Documents relating to the conference agenda and motions will appear here.
Please check back regularly to keep up to date with details of Conference 2014.

Videos from Conference:



POA Conference 2014 - National Chairman Opening Address

POA Conference 2014 - Jenny Chapman MP Shadow Minister for Prisons and Probation

POA Conference 2014, Ian Lawrence, General Secretary NAPO

POA Conference 2014, Bert Van Caelenburg, Eurofedop

POA Conference 2014, John Clinton, Ireland POA

POA Conference 2014, Brian Caton, Retired Members

POA Conference 2014, Guest Speaker - Bryn Hughes

POA Conference 2014, Jeremy Wright, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

POA Conference 2014, National Chairman Closing Address

POA Conference 2014, General Secretary Closing Address

 

Annual Conference Verbatim Reports and Speeches


Please find below the conference Verbatim Reports and speeches.

VERBATIM REPORT AC2014 Tuesday.pdf

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VERBATIM REPORT AC2014 Wednesday.pdf

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VERBATIM REPORT AC2014 Thursday.pdf

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Updates from Conference - Thursday 15th May 2014


The National Chairman reconvened conference and invited the Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright to address conference.

Some delegates walked out of the conference hall.

The Minister placed on record his thanks to the professionalism and dedication of prison staff. The challenges faced by the MoJ and NOMS are still real, despite prison closures, the spike in prison population and accommodation.

The Privatisation Agenda and Benchmark process was discussed. Members of the Government and other organisations are still sceptical about this Agenda.

The assaults on prison staff has risen and more worryingly, serious assaults, but the Government do not fully understand why. Therefore he is pursuing the following changes.

  1. Review of violence by NOMS
  2. Assaults must be prosecuted and consecutive sentences must be awarded and recorded. All examples to be forwarded to the NEC and then the Minister. This should also be dealt with by the sentencing panel.
  3. A change in the law to ensure that any murder of a Prison Officer carries a whole life tariff.


There will be a review of the IEP Scheme to make sure it is fit for purpose and form part of the re-offending agenda. Prisoners will be released and on license as part of through the gate services.

The Minister responded to a number of questions from members posed by the General Secretary (please see verbatim report).

  1. Batons and Violence
  2. New Ways of Working, Safe Secure and Decent, Deaths in Custody.
  3. Pension age 68 too late. Increase in retirement age across the entire public sector. Pension Justice and the POA will assist the MoJ in unpicking the difficult set of circumstances.
  4. Closure of Askham Grange and Eastwood Park was based on incorrect information and would the Government have the strength to reverse the decision if proven incorrect?
  5. Covered
  6. Status of Prison Officers with Police and Fire and Rescue staff.
  7. Work of prison staff and capability at 68.
  8. Restrictions on Facility Time.
  9. Fair and Sustainable pay scales and comparators across the work force. The Role and Function of the Pay Review Body.


The General Secretary responded to the questions and posed some issues. The General Secretary asked the Minister to give the POA our trade union rights. The Minister responded with the political view and a NO.

The National Chairman, Pete McParlin, replied to the Minister and set out that he would provide a full response in writing, which would be published in the Gatelodge Magazine.

The National Chairman advised conference of the formal closure of prisons and branches and paid tribute to those members and officials. Pete McParlin also touched on a number of issues in his closing address. He spoke about leadership, direction, campaigns and timing. The unions policy will be progressed.

The General Secretary, Steve Gillan, addressed conference and set out a number of issues. Steve talked about the Executive and being inclusive and not separated. He spoke about rumours and innuendo’s and advised Conference that he as General Secretary will always want and support a lay led union.

Steve placed on record his thanks to the Deputy General Secretary and Full Time Officers for their work. Steve also acknowledged the work and health of Chris Donovan. He apologised to Oakwood for the February front cover of Gatelodge. The General Secretary spoke about the way forward. (please see the verbatim report).
 

Updates from Conference - Thursday 15th May 2014 - Morning


The National Chairman opened the last day of conference and advised delegates that the Minister was due later, although his office had advised the executive that he had to be back on the lunchtime train so his time was tight.

Section 10 General Matters cont’d;
Motion 73 The dedicated e-mail address has already been set up and will be actioned after conference, following the acceptance of this motion.
Motion 74 Lost
Motion 75 The NEC supported the motion with a qualification that members had to provide the information. The motion was carried  
Motion 76 Carried
Motion 77 The training package is being developed and the motion was carried.
Motion 78 The NEC will establish a you tube account following the adoption of the motion.
Motion 79 The motion was lost.
Motion 80 Withdrawn
Motion 81 The executive fully support the principle of the motion and gave a commitment to pursue the policy providing the data was given to the NEC.
Motion 82 Carried
Motion 83 Carried
Motion 84 Lost
Motion 85 Withdrawn
Motion 86 Falls
Motion 87 Falls
Motion 88 Falls
Motion 89 Carried

The National Chairman invited Bryn Hughes the father of murdered WPC Nicola Hughes and CM at HMP Wakefield to address conference. Bryn set out the aim of the charity and work he and other people. The Charity has been established to help young children who have lost a family member to Murder and or Manslaughter. The charity will look to give these children access to education, work and family life.

The ITV documentary on Bryn’s marathon run around the North Pole was shown to delegates. The Marathon was part of one of many charity events Bryn has organised in support of the charity and in memory of his daughter.

Bryn thanked the NEC for their support and conference approved a donation of £2000 to the charity.

Glyn Travis responded on behalf of the NEC.

The work within the POA to support the charity continues.

Tea & Coffee break

 

Updates from Conference - Wednesday 14th May - Afternooon


A number of meetings took place during lunchtime and a fringe meeting with our colleagues from the open prison estate sponsored by Thompsons. The fringe meeting was arranged to discuss benchmarking in the open estate and new policy on ROTL. The BBC attended the conference to interview the POA as part of a documentary on open prisons.

Conference reconvened.

Section five Competition and Benchmarking
Motion 21 Explained
Motion 22 Lost
Motion 23 Lost
Motion 24 Carried
Motion 25 Carried
Motion 26 Carried
Motion 27 Falls due to motion 26
Motion 28
Motion 29
Motion 30
Motion 31
Motion 32
Motion 32a
Motion 33

During the movement of this section there was some very strong and passionate speeches with reference made to a number of documents, POA Circulars and the recent Gatelodge extra. The policies of the union will now be progressed by the NEC with NOMS and the BDG group. The provision of Health and Safety legislation was also discussed.
HR
Motion 34
Motion 35
Motion 36
Motion 37
Motion 38
Motion 39
Motion 40
Motion 41
Motion 42
Motion 43
Motion 44

Operations
Motion 45


Section 10 cont’d
Motion 57 The vote of confidence in NOMS failed and this decision was fully justified. It is clear that the decision of NOMS to allow thousands of staff to leave on VED’s without any recruitment plan has impacted and still impacts on existing staff today. The use of Detached Duty, and chronic shortfalls across the service is increasing stress and the long hours culture is returning to a service in crisis.

Motion 58 The debate in respect of the restoration of the POA’s Trade Union Rights. The legal process is still ongoing and the report from the ILO on the British Governments response. A meeting is diarized for after conference and it may lead to a fresh application to the ILO. The campaign and fight will continue.

Motion 59 The debate in respect of the attack on Facility Time raised many important issues which need to be addressed by the POA. The latest PSI was discussed and conference was advised that challenges over the refusal of paid time off was the first step.

Motion 59a Carried

Conference welcomed the Fraternal Greetings from Bert Van Caelenberg John Clinton General Secretary of the Southern Ireland POA and Brian Caton former General Secretary of the POA on behalf of the Honorary Life Members.

Motion 60 Carried
Motion 61 Carried
Motion 62
Motion 63
Motion 64
Motion 65
Motion 66
Motion 67
Motion 68
Motion 69
Motion 70   

 

Updates from Conference - Wednesday 14th May 2014 - Morning


The National Chairman opened conference and advised them of the agenda for today. The head of the security team advised the Executive to remind all delegates to be vigilant.

The unions’ Vice Chair Ralph Valerio opened up the AGM for the Secure Healthcare Services. Duncan Keys secretary to the committee moved the report, which was accepted. Ashworth addressed the conference in respect of violence in the workplace and the survey which the branch had conducted. Rampton addressed conference on facility time and pay and the effects of non-consolidated pay rises. The Carstairs delegate addressed conference on the rise in pension age and how that will affect staff within the Secure Healthcare Services. Clearly, our members face the same issues no matter where they work. Broadmoor placed on record their thanks and that of all the branches for his work in trying to secure the Secure Healthcare Services a seat on the NHS staff council. The key issues across the NHS are redundancy, cuts in pay and allowances for ambulance workers and hospital closures. Violence in the special hospitals is a daily occurrence

Ralph closed the AGM and advised conference how the work will be progressed in the next 12 months. The NEC will be asking the members within the Specials to take industrial action in line with other unions as they are not bound by section 127.

The chair moved onto the conference agenda.

Section 9 report backs
The General Secretary Steve Gillan advised conference how all of the motions from 2013 had been progressed as set out in the conference report back booklet.

Ian Lawrence General Secretary of NAPO addressed conference and set out the fight his members face due to the changes being imposed by the government and MOJ. The crossover of probation staff and prison staff work was discussed. The risk and safety of all staff and the public was set out. The reforms to the probation service will impact on public safety. NAPO are also looking for manifesto commitments.

The result for ACM-56-2014 Card Vote was In Favour 15,135 Against 9,176.

The National Chairman presented the Cronin Clasp to Andy Black, Gary Baker and Alan Noblett and the Shannon Trust award was presented to Bob O’Hanlon.

 

Updates from Conference - Tuesday 13th May 2014 - Motions


Motions Day One

Section One Rules & Constitution
Motion 1 Lost
Motion 2 Carried
Motion 3 Carried
Motion 4 Carried
Motion 5 Carried

The amended rules will now be changed and circulated to the membership by way of a POA Circular. Motion 1 was lost but the restructuring of the union needs to continue the restriction imposed by conference may well have an adverse effect on restructuring but democracy rules and conference have made a determination that members must respect.

Section Two Health and Safety
Motion 6 Carried
Motion 7 Carried
Motion7a Carried

The motions accepted by conference will now be progressed by the NEC and Health and Safety Sub Committee.

Section Three Awards
Motion 8 Carried
Steve Gillan General Secretary moved the motion to award John Hoey Honary Life Membership on behalf of the NEC. John was well respected by his branch and members during his service and time in local office. Despite being forced out of employment following an unprovoked assault John has continued to support the POA. The Motion was carried unanimously.

Section Four Pay and Conditions
Motion 9   Carried
Motion 10 Lost
Motion 11 Carried
Motion 12 Carried
Motion 13 Carried
Motion 14 Lost
Motion 15 Lost
Motion 16 Carried
Motion 17 Lost
Motion 18 Carried
Motion 19
Motion 20

All of the accepted motions will now be progressed through the HR Whitley and POA Prison Service Pay Sub Committee and form part of the POA’s submission to the Prison Service Pay Review Body for 2015/16.

Lunch

A number of meetings took place during lunchtime and a fringe meeting with our colleagues from the open prison estate sponsored by Thompsons. The fringe meeting was arranged to discuss benchmarking in the open estate and new policy on ROTL. The BBC attended the conference to interview the POA as part of a documentary on open prisons.

Conference reconvened.

Section five Competition and Benchmarking

Motion 21 Explained
Motion 22 Lost
Motion 23 Lost
Motion 24 Carried
Motion 25 Carried
Motion 26 Carried
Motion 27 Falls due to motion 26
Motion 28 Lost
Motion 29 Lost
Motion 30 Carried
Motion 31 Lost
Motion 32 Carried
Motion 32a Falls due to motion 32
Motion 33 Carried

During the movement of this section there was some very strong and passionate speeches with reference made to a number of documents, POA Circulars and the recent Gatelodge extra. The policies of the union will now be progressed by the NEC with NOMS and the BDG group. The provision of Health and Safety legislation was also discussed. The acceptance of motion 32 will have to be monitored extremely carefully to see if and when the union give the 28 day notice considering that prisons are already using agency workers to cover the work identified. Watch this space!!!!!!!

Section Six HR
Motion 34 Carried
Motion 35 Carried
Motion 36 Carried
Motion 37 Lost
Motion 38 Carried
Motion 39 Carried
Motion 40 Falls no seconder
Motion 41 Carried
Motion 42 Carried
Motion 43 Lost
Motion 44 Carried

The motions adopted within the HR section will now be progressed through the Whitley Sub Committee and PSPRB. Please read the verbatim report to provide you and your members with an update on what was said during the moving of all conference motions and ask your delegates to provide a full report back.

Section Seven Operations
Motion 45 Lost

Section Eight Security & Custody
Motion 46 Carried
Motion 47 Falls due to motion 46.

The National Chairman called conference to a close. A number of fringe meetings were planned after the close of play.  

 

Updates from Conference - Tuesday 13th May 2014 - Morning


Following the registration of delegates attending the 75th POA Annual Conference, the Chairman Peter McParlin opened up conference and invited the Mayor of Sefton to officially open conference.

The National Chairman presented the Mayor and her consort with a token of the union’s appreciation.

The chair of Standing Orders, Ralph Valerio presented the report on the conference agenda, set out the changes and conference approved the Scrutineers and Tellers for 2014 up to and including conference May 2015.

The report was accepted by conference.

All of the Standing Orders Report will be reproduced in the verbatim report which is circulated to all branches following conference.

The National Chairman asked conference to stand for a minutes silence as a sign of respect to those members, Honorary Life Member and family of POA members who have passed away following Last years’ conference.

The National Chairman addressed conference and set out his views and the views of the NEC. PJ advised conference that the Prisons Minister will address conference on Thursday with Jenny Chapman Shadow Prisons Minister providing a balanced view to conference on Wednesday.

PJ set out the reasons to delegates as to why the proposed Hustings was not taking place.

PJ touched on the positives and negatives that the union has dealt with in 2014.

The Unions campaigns on Pensions, Safety and Security was raised and all members urged to get their members to complete the online survey on pensions.

The work to change the public’s perception of the POA was also raised as was this years’ pay award. Despite the governments claims that the recession is over the coalition still attack the terms and conditions of public sector workers.

Northern Ireland and Scotland was touched on during the Chairman’s address, as was Benchmarking and the cessation of wholesale privatisation.

The state of the prison system, prison population, staffing and violence in the workplace was outlined.

The Chairman’s address will form part of the verbatim report.   

The POA’s Finance Officer presented the unions account and responded to the 8 questions posed to him by the Manchester Branch in accordance with the rules and constitution.
The detailed responses and outline of the unions accounts was accepted by conference and will form part of the verbatim report.

David Evans Honorary Life Member and ex POA General Secretary chaired the POA’s Welfare Annual General Meeting.  The work of the unions POA Welfare Committee is invaluable in supporting members and families suffering hardship and conference recognised this during the AGM.

The General Secretary Steve Gillan moved the Annual Report and announced the outcome of the ballot in respect of the recommendations and decision of government to accept the Prison Service Pay Review Body’s recommendations. This will be circulated by way of POA Circular.  

Updates from Conference - Pre Conference:


On Monday the 12th of May members of the NEC met with new delegates at the Floral Hall to set out the rules and procedures, giving them support and guidance. The usual security meeting took place with all of the team being briefed on the events of the week. The questions to the Prisons Minister have been forwarded to his office and delegates will no doubt wait with baited breadth for his replies.

The delegates get together on Monday evening was well attended with the usual buzz of conference around the hall. Our colleagues from Scotland and Northern Ireland arrived as did a number of Honorary Life Members and observers.

The conference office was set up by our support staff and as always our conference would not run as smoothly as it does without their support and commitment.