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The NEC on behalf of the POA membership has been seeking the release of the “Independent Medical Report” by John Britton Professor of Epidemiology at Nottingham University into the harmful effects of second hand smoke in Prisons. This report was commissioned by NOMS following continued pressure from the POA and was published in March 2015.
It has come to the attention of the National Executive Committee that some members may not be receiving the correct holiday pay. The NEC has raised this issue with NOMS, but they have not received any assurances that NOMS are fulfilling their legal obligations to their employees.
Please be reminded that the current policy of the POA is not to engage in completion of the employer’s annual staff survey, this year named the ‘People Survey 2016.’ This was determined via Conference Motion 42/2010 carried & reaffirmed by Conference Motion 86/2015 not being adopted.
In July of this year the NEC were asked to consider proposals from NOMS in respect of the inability of staff to take their full annual leave allowance.
On 29th September 2016 the NEC discussed the detailed analysis, which is available to local Governors and POA officials from the above. It is clear that the information produced highlights key times within the core day when different types of incidents occur. This information must be used to assess risks, review risk assessments, staffing levels and RMP’s.
On 29th September 2016 the NEC determined to promulgate the above NTS and provide members with a summary of events in regard to this notice.
With regards to the above issue pertaining to the rights of Prison Officer grades being able to strike and being restricted under legislation by both a Conservative Government and Labour Government for some 22 years; as per our Rules and Constitution and the aims and objectives of the Union, the Executive are launching another challenge to the ban on strike action.