Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - Acting National Chair:
Mobile 07968 108284

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

165 15 Feb 2018

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE FIGURES ON PRISON OFFICER RECRUITMENT IS MISLEADING THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The Ministry of Justice are massaging Prison Officer recruitment figures, which gives a massively false impression of successful recruitment into a Prison Service that has been decimated by budget cuts over a number of years and remains in crisis.

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164 31 Jan 2018

POA CONDEMN HMPPS

The POA are delighted that their member has been cleared of Gross Negligence Manslaughter after being prosecuted in connection with the death of a prisoner who hanged himself at HMP Woodhill on 3rd May 2015.

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163 19 Jan 2018

CHAOS AND CRISIS IN PRISON SERVICE WITH NO DIRECTION FROM HMPPS

The POA are extremely concerned that lessons are not being learned by the Leaders of the Prison Service and they are badly letting down Governors and indeed POA members who are at the sharp end.

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161 13 Dec 2017

NO CASE TO ANSWER FOR NOTTINGHAM PRISON OFFICERS

The POA are pleased that their members have been cleared of misconduct in a public office after a prisoner died on 16th December 2013.

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160 12 Oct 2017

PRISON SYSTEM AT BREAKING POINT

Following the address of Michael Spurr the CEO of HMPPS to the PGA Conference where they admitted that it had been a difficult summer for the Service as violence, suicides and the prison population all increased on the back of a number of serious disturbances and riots, another serious disturbance occurred at HMP Long Lartin, involving 81 armed prisoners on the evening of the 11th October 2017.

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BREAKING 13 Sep 2017

Steve Gillan POA General Secretary elected to General Council for the 7th year and to TUC Executive Committee

It has been announced that Steve Gillan POA General Secretary has been elected to the General Council for the 7th year and to the TUC Executive Committee.

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159 25 Aug 2017

PRISON SERVICE IN CRISIS

Despite assurances from the Secretary of State for Justice that the recruitment of new Prison Officers was at record highs and the success of the graduate scheme, the foundation which supports prisons, reduce violence and address chronic staff shortfalls throughout the Service. However, Prison Officers are still being forced from their homes to sure up a system in crisis.

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158 03 Aug 2017

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON PRISON BOSSES

Following the recent serious disturbances at The Mount, Erlestoke and Aylesbury Prisons, more pressure is being applied to the Senior Management of HMPPS as their continued failure to manage the system is exposed

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157 01 Aug 2017

POA LEADERS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION FOLLOWING RIOT!!!

On the 31st July 2017 prison staff from across the prison estate attended The Mount Prison to deal with the situation that has created havoc in the prison and put more pressure on the leaders of HMPPS as criticism mounts on a Service in crisis.

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