Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - 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

180 12 Sep 2018

POA CALL FOR ABOLITION OF PRISON SERVICE PAY REVIEW BODY (PSPRB) AT THE TUC 150th CONGRESS

The POA received the support of the TUC and sister unions at the 150th Congress when they called for the abolition of the Prison Service Pay Review Body and a return to sectoral collective bargaining on pay and related matters.

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179 10 Sep 2018

UNIONS CALL FOR SAFER PRISONS AND AN END TO PRISON PRIVATISATION AT TUC 150th CONGRESS

Trade Unions debated and unanimously supported calls to improve prison safety, reduce violence and stop the continued privatisation of the prison estate at the 150th TUC Congress in Manchester.

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178 10 Sep 2018

PRISON SAFETY - W/C 3RD SEPTEMBER 2018

The constant rise in violence and failure to provide safe and secure prisons, the Government and Heads of HMPPS remain under pressure as last week’s data from prisons in England and Wales is not good reading.

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177 03 Sep 2018

PRISON SAFETY

Once again, the Government and Heads of HMPPS are under pressure as last week’s data from prisons in England and Wales is not good reading.

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176 20 Aug 2018

HMP BIRMINGHAM STAFF LET DOWN BY GOVERNMENT

The POA National Executive Committee have praised their members at HMP Birmingham today after the Ministry of Justice have taken direct control of the prison after a scathing report by the Prisons Inspector.

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175 30 Jul 2018

GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO PAY FOR FAILURE

Another failed privatisation concept is to cost the Tax Payer £170 million pounds on top of £25 billion already spent on the privatisation of the Probation Service.

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174 27 Jul 2018

POA WILL PROTECT THEIR WORKFORCE

The latest safety in custody statistics are a damning indictment of HMPPS failure to protect its staff and POA members from assaults in the workplace.

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173 25 Jul 2018

PRISON OFFICER PAY AWARD

This is another below inflation pay rise for hard pressed Prison Officers and support grades. With inflation currently sitting at 2.4% a 2% consolidated award will do nothing to ease the financial hardships POA members face.

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172 26 Jun 2018

PRIVATISATION ANNOUNCEMENT

The announcement today by the Prisons Minister that all new build prisons will be subject to competition and the public sector will not be allowed to bid is a slap in the face for hardworking public sector Prison staff.

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171 08 Jun 2018

POA AND 14 OTHER NHS TRADE UNIONS VOTE TO ACCEPT MULTI-YEAR PAY DEAL

Over a million hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will now benefit from a three-year pay deal, say health unions today (Friday). 

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