POA Circulars

166 | 29.11.2011

TUC Day of Action 30th November 2011

The POA National Executive Committee have been in correspondence with the National Offender Management Services (NOMS) since our briefing paper on Health and Safety issues was sent to branches last week.
It would appear that NOMS believe the Executive are inciting individual members to take industrial action. We have assured them this is not the case.

The Executive have agreed with NOMS and we would instruct local branch committees to get actively involved in discussions with local management both today and on the 30th November 2011 to ensure that contingency plans, safe systems of work, risk assessments and regime plans for the day are in place and published. 

The POA National Executive Committee will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment of our members. The NEC will not accept members being threatened with the Code of Discipline when they are legitimately concerned for their Health and Safety and we regret the threats from NOMS that disciplinary action might be taken.

The National Executive Committee will not have our members safety compromised and have taken steps to ensure that is the case.  We are aware that some Governors are already restricting regimes for the 30th November 2011.It is Conference Policy to ensure the Health and Safety of each other, but more importantly it is the law.

The NEC, therefore instruct all local committees to formally meet with local management to discuss the attached agenda with a view to reaching an agreement on all of the points raised. If you have already held provisional meetings and agreed changes to the regime, you should still arrange a meeting.

Yours sincerely


General Secretary


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