POA Circulars

71 | 15.06.2010

JES Update

A number of concerns have been raised by branches, who have engaged with the NOMS JES teams in the North East of England.  It is apparent from the contents of the e-mails that some branch officials do not believe it is right and proper for this Union to engage in a fact finding exercise on a “without prejudice” basis.

At the NEC meeting on the 15th June 2010, the Executive considered the latest information from NOMS and concerns of branch officials.  The Executive determined that as part of a short, medium and long term strategy, it was in the best interests of the membership to remain involved.

The NEC determined to write to the lead negotiator of the NOMS JES team and set out a number of questions, which we require an answer to forthwith.  Once a response to this letter is received further information will be promulgated.

The Executive also considered the legal advice, which we have received from our retained solicitors Thompsons and of course conference policy when determining the overall strategy.

It was agreed that at the “end” of the negotiation on JES, to ballot all those affected POA members, taking into account conference policies, as to whether they accept or reject the terms outlined by NOMS in respect of Job Evaluation.

It is vital that all branches in England and Wales seek permission from their Governor under NTS 3/84 for a meeting to discuss the contents of this Circular under joint interest.  It is also important that branches continue to engage with the process of fact finding on a “without prejudice” basis, to ensure the interests of POA members are protected.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation.


Yours sincerely

National Chairman

Yours sincerely

General Secretary