POA Circulars

01 Nov 16 CIRCULAR 100

NATIONAL POA BRANCH MEETING BRIEFING PAPER

Following the promulgation of POA Circulars 97/2016, 98/2016 and 99/2016 the NEC agreed to provide a Briefing Paper. Please bring these Circulars to the attention of the membership during the meeting along with this Briefing Paper.

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01 Nov 16 CIRCULAR 99

JOINT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR AND GENERAL SECRETARY

After the promulgation of POA Circular 97/2016, NOMS wrote to the Union via Martin Beecroft HR Director suggesting that we were in breach of Section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and that they may apply for injunctive relief, if we did not withdraw POA Circular 97/2016.

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01 Nov 16 CIRCULAR 98

POA CIRCULAR 97/2016 DATED THE 28TH OCTOBER 2016, REGARDING ACTION PROPOSED FOR THE 2ND NOVEMBER 2016

NOMS have agreed to immediate negotiations to resolve our concerns regarding Health and Safety. These negotiations will be concluded by the 11th November 2016, to allow these talks to take place we are hereby now SUSPENDING POA Circular 97/2016.

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28 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 96

NEC MINUTES 29TH SEPTEMBER & 12TH OCTOBER 2016

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 29th September 2016 and 12th October 2016, for your information.

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28 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 95

REPORTING VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE AND NEXT STEPS

The Executive has promulgated a number of circulars to members in respect of reporting all assaults to the police and this has been the subject of debate at Annual Conference.

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19 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 94

POA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TUESDAY, 9th MAY – THURSDAY, 11th MAY 2017

The Annual Conference for 2017 is scheduled to be held on the above dates at the SOUTHPORT THEATRE & CONVENTION CENTRE and will be of a THREE day duration.

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19 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 93

ASSISTANCE REQUIRED ASSISTANCE REQUIRED

Russ Woodfield is a serving Prison Officer and POA member currently undertaking PhD Research with the University of Huddersfield, into the Mental Health of Prison Staff.

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14 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 92

ATTENDANCE SUPPORT MEETINGS

The Executive have been in dialogue with NOMS over the abuse of the above process by some Governors when calling members to a support meeting, meetings which are supposed to be voluntary.

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14 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 91

SMOKING IN PRISONS

The NEC on behalf of the POA membership has been seeking the release of the “Independent Medical Report” by John Britton Professor of Epidemiology at Nottingham University into the harmful effects of second hand smoke in Prisons. This report was commissioned by NOMS following continued pressure from the POA and was published in March 2015.

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14 Oct 16 CIRCULAR 90

ANNUAL LEAVE

It has come to the attention of the National Executive Committee that some members may not be receiving the correct holiday pay. The NEC has raised this issue with NOMS, but they have not received any assurances that NOMS are fulfilling their legal obligations to their employees.

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