POA Circulars

138 | 06.10.2011

PO's & DPSM's

Following the closure of the PO rank and introduction of the DPSM, a number of concerns have been raised.

As a result of these concerns, the National Chairman facilitated a meeting with our legal advisors and a group of PO’s and DPSM’s in our North Regional Office to discuss the issues and look at possible solutions, including any legal redress.

On behalf of the Executive, I would like to thank those members who attended to discuss the issues raised from across the prison estate.

Following the meeting, it was agreed that written legal advice will be obtained and circulated as to whether or not “what’s next for PO’s the final offer” forms part of terms and conditions. During the meeting all of the points raised were discussed and the general consensus of the group was that the majority of these are local issues, or issues which the individual should pursue through the grievance procedure.

I would hope that all outstanding issues can be resolved locally, wherever possible. If any individual PO or DPSM has a specific legal claim and requires advice, they should complete the application form from the Legal Advice Handbook and submit this to the secretary of the Legal Aid Committee in the normal way with all supporting documents.

The Executive remains committed to supporting all members of the union, no matter what rank they hold. PO’s and DPSM’s should raise local issues in respect of work allocation etc, with their committee to seek a satisfactory resolution. If the committee needs any advice or assistance, they should contact their NEC representative or the offices of the union.

Finally, members of the HR Committee and Executive will take forward issues which have national implications during forthcoming discussions. I would ask that you draw the contents of the circular to all your PO’s and DPSM’s.

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

Yours sincerely


Mark Freeman
Acting General Secretary