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POA Press Releases
POA CAUTIOUSLY WELCOME THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON PROFESSIONALISATION OF 2000 PRISON OFFICER’S
Today the POA cautiously welcome the announcement of Liz Truss the Secretary of State for Justice as she plans to unveil proposals to professionalise some 2000 Prison Officers across the prison estate.
The POA National Executive Committee condemn wholeheartedly the attacks at Westminster on Wednesday 22nd March 2017, which resulted in the tragic loss of life of innocent victims and indeed many individual injuries to members of the general public.
The POA National Executive Committee today cautiously welcome the Plans to refurbish and build 4 new Prisons in Yorkshire, Wigan, Rochester and Port Talbot.
The POA have won at Employment Tribunal on behalf of three members, two for unfair dismissal Mr Hilton and Mr Gregson following a restraint of a violent patient and for Trade Union discrimination against Mr Lyon.
The POA are not surprised that the Secretary of State and Senior Officials at the Prison Service have once again hidden behind legislation, which prevents Prison Officers from taking Industrial action under the provisions of Section 127 of the Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994 (since amended).
The POA membership in England and Wales have overwhelmingly rejected the best and final offer from Government and the Employer on the Prison Reform Agreement 2016, which consisted of Pension Age Reduction, an Industrial Relation Procedural Agreement and a 3 year pay deal.
Leaders of the POA pay tribute to the magnificent response of Prison Officers POA members from throughout the prison estate to restore good order at HMP Birmingham on Friday the 16th of December exactly a month after the very same members took protest action to raise public awareness of the state of our prisons.