POA Circulars

105 | 10.08.2017

COMPLAINT TO THE CERTIFICATION OFFICER AND POSTPONEMENT OF DGS, VICE CHAIR AND NEC x 4 ELECTIONS 2017

  
The National Executive Committee has been notified of a complaint by the Ex-National Chairman Mike Rolfe to the Certification Officer.   POA Circular 105-2017 Complaint to the Certification Office & postponement of elections  

The basis of the complaint is that Mike does not accept that he resigned his post as National Chairman, following his decision to resign from the Prison Service to allow him to stand for Parliament in June.
 
The NEC told the membership about Mike’s decision and also acceded to his request to address Annual Conference.
 
Following receipt of this complaint, I sought legal advice on the issues raised.
 
At the NEC meeting 9 August, the Executive approved the union’s response to the complaint and determined to robustly defend the rules and constitution of the POA in the face of the complaint brought.
 
The POA response to the Certification Officer has now been sent.
 
Further, on my recommendation, the Executive decided that it would be prudent to postpone the forthcoming election of the Deputy General Secretary, Vice Chair and NEC as circulated under POA Circular 97/2017 until the ruling from the Certification Officer is known. If it becomes clear that individuals term of office will have expired before a ruling is made, I will conduct the elections to ensure the interests of the membership are best served and that we are acting within the law
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Further information will be circulated in due course.  
 
Please draw the contents of this circular to all members.
 
Thank you in anticipation of your support and co-operation.
 
Yours sincerely
 
STEVE GILLAN
General Secretary