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Following the promulgation of Branch Secretary Circular 20/2015, eligible OSGs and Operational Band 2’s in England and Wales conducted a workplace ballot.
The POA are not affiliated to the Labour Party, as we recognise our membership are a broad church and vote for a variety of political parties and we don’t envisage that position altering unless Conference determine otherwise.
There appears to be some confusion in some branches that by opting into Fair and Sustainable for OSG’s means that their terms and conditions alter in respect of wider Civil Service Reform pertaining to sick pay and annual leave. Opting into Fair and Sustainable does not require staff to adopt the Civil Service Reforms for new starters and all existing terms and conditions are retained with the exception of rates of pay (and a slight increase in working hours for some non-operational staff in London) should they opt in.
The Annual Tolpuddle Seminar will take place at the above venue at 6.30pm. It is suggested if attending you arrive in plenty of time to get through security at the main entrance to the House of Commons.
It is with regret that Lorraine Barwell who was a Prisoner Custody Officer employed by SERCO has died following an alleged assault by a prisoner. Lorraine was attacked at Blackfriars Crown Court as she escorted the prisoner between the Court and a waiting van in the courtyard.
Please find enclosed Questions and Answers at the above session in the House of Commons for your information.