Press Contacts

P J McParlin - National Chairman:
Mobile 07917 328700

Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
Mobile 07971 838590

Glyn Travis - Press Officer:
Mobile 07968 324045

POA Press Office:
020 8803 0255 Option 7

POA Press Releases

PR 123 28 Apr 2016

POA are NOT surprised at Latest Prison Statistics

The latest Safety in Custody statistics published by the Ministry of Justice provides further evidence that the state of our prisons has descended further into crisis.

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PR 122 04 Mar 2016

POA condemn cowardly attack in Northern Ireland

The POA leadership have condemned a cowardly and disgraceful attack on a Prison Officer in Northern Ireland.

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PR 121 29 Jan 2016

POA PUT “COLLEAGUE” MICHAEL GOVE ON NOTICE

Following the publication of the latest safer in custody statistics, which provide further evidence of a dysfunctional prison service in acute crisis, the POA have reinforced its advice to members to protect themselves in the workplace.

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PR 120 18 Jan 2016

POA launch application for a Judicial Review into Smoking in Prisons

The POA sent a pre action protocol letter to NOMS on the 24th December 2015 as part of the Judicial Review process regarding major concerns over health issues on continued smoking in prisons. Having now had the response from Treasury Solicitors the Union do not believe that a smoking ban will ever be implemented to protect the Health and Safety of both Staff and Prisoners from the damaging effects of second hand smoke.

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PR 119 07 Jan 2016

POA CONDEMN NOMS

The POA condemn the press statement from NOMS which states: “The research is out of date‘.”

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PR 118 25 Nov 2015

HMP YOI HOLLOWAY TO CLOSE

Leaders of the POA have today expressed serious concerns following the announcement to close Holloway.

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PR 117 23 Nov 2015

POA LEADERS WARN AGAINST BUDGET CUTS

In advance of the Spending Review and given the heightened security situation following the atrocity in Paris, the POA call upon the Government to recognise the role of prison officers in the essential protection of the public.

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PR 116 12 Nov 2015

Michael Gove Offensive To Prison Officers

Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Justice has clearly learnt nothing from his time as Education Secretary.

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PR 115 12 Nov 2015

ASHWORTH HOSPITAL 24 HOUR STRIKE SET TO COMMENCE 13TH NOVEMBER 2015

The POA have offered Mersey Care Trust fresh discussions to avert strike action in the Trust from over 500 POA members after Nurses Peter Hilton and Kevin Gregson were dismissed after the restraint of a violent patient.

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PR 114 12 Nov 2015

POA CONDEMN NOMS AND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE CONTINUED FAILURE TO PROVIDE SAFE, DECENT AND SECURE PRISONS

On the 18th March 2015, following the publication of the House of Commons Justice Committee Ninth Report on Prisons: Planning and Policies. The POA gave NOMS 28 days’ notice to put their house in order.

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