POA Circulars

73 | 02.06.2017


As you know the POA are not affiliated to the Labour Party or indeed support any Political Party, although through our Political Fund we engage on your behalf with all Political Parties and try and persuade them of the difficulties POA members face wherever they work.

We have a Rules and Constitution and under Rule 2.1 lists our objects and powers. When we talk to Political Parties we try and influence their manifesto’s to ensure there are commitments made that are consistent with our Rules and Constitution and policies.

Over the last 18 months, I along with our Assistant Secretary Joe Simpson have met with various Politicians of the main Political Parties in an attempt to influence them to support our members in the workplace.

I enclose for your information an email received yesterday from the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon. No other Political Party has written to me or indeed made commitments within their Manifesto’s which are consistent with our Rules and Conference Policy.

In the Labour Party Manifesto, there are pledges to repeal anti trade union legislation, no further privatisation of new build prisons or existing prisons, 3,000 extra Prison Officers, professionalisation, ending the public sector pay cap and a review of pensions.

All this is consistent with our aims and objectives. POA members have seen an erosion of terms, conditions and pay.

I recognise our members are a politically broad church like other trade union members, but it would be remiss of me not to point out that every Political Party have had the opportunity at a senior level to have dialogue, it would appear only the hierarchy of the Labour Party have endorsed our views. Please use your vote wisely on the 8th June 2017.

Yours sincerely

General Secretary

POA Circular 073-2017- General Elections.pdf

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