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

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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170 31 May 2018

BEDFORD PRISON IN SPECIAL MEASURES

Leaders of the POA were advised yesterday that HMP Bedford has been placed in Special Measures by HMPPS following a number of critical reports and serious incidents.

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169 26 Apr 2018

A PRISON SERVICE IN CRISIS

The POA have sent an open letter (attached) to David Gauke Justice Secretary of State after the latest Safety in Custody Data was announced for England and Wales Prison Service.

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168 23 Apr 2018

GOVERNMENT MISLEADS PUBLIC ON PRISON OFFICER NUMBERS SAY POA

The POA have reacted angrily to the statement by Secretary of state David Gauke, that was released on 22nd April 2018, in relation to the recruitment figures of Prison Officers.

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167 11 Apr 2018

PRISON OFFICERS TAKE LEGAL ACTION OVER PENSIONS

The POA has started the process of initiating Employment Tribunal proceedings which will challenge the introduction of a new pension scheme for Prison Officers in 2015.

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166 06 Mar 2018

PRISON OFFICERS THREATEN ACTION OVER ASSAULTS ON STAFF

The POA are determined to protect the Health and Safety of their members, after yet another weekend of chaos and assaults in Prisons.

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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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