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

PR 91 18 Jul 2014

POA Start Legal Proceedings on Overcrowding

The POA has today sent the first legal letter to the CEO of NOMS Michael Spurr as it challenges the recent decision to crowd more overcrowded public sector prisons.

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PR 90 10 Jul 2014

Prime Minister to Strengthen the Anti-Trade Union laws

The POA, a trade union whose members have been denied the human right to even take industrial action to fight for justice in Modern Britain, are disappointed that the Tory-led Coalition Government are once again attacking and demonising hard working people for trying to stand up for what they believe in.

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PR 89 16 Jun 2014

Smoke and mirrors on self harm and assault figures

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice The Rt. Honourable Chris Grayling MP has been quoted in the Telegraph 14th June 2014 following a radio interview, claiming that self harm and assaults in the prison system have fallen over the last two years.

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PR 88 13 Jun 2014

POA slam decision to further increase the operational capacity of prisons by 440

The decision by NOMS to further crowd the already overcrowded public sector estate by an additional 440 undermines the commitment that prisons will be safe, secure and decent alongside savage cuts to the budget for Criminal Justice.

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PR 87 19 May 2014

Another abscond puts public at risk

The POA have again questioned the tick box mentality of the system which places some of the most dangerous prisoners in open prison conditions.

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PR 86 08 May 2014

POA welcome statement from Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Justice

The POA have welcomed the statement from the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in respect of life sentences should any prisoner murder a prison officer and other offenses which prisoners commit.

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PR 85 17 Apr 2014

Violence in prison increases by 50%

Following the statement from Sadiq Khan in response to the information released by the Ministry of Justice identifying that assaults on staff have increased by 50%, the POA are extremely concerned but not surprised

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PR 84 09 Apr 2014

Prison Population

The National Offender Management Service have today announced that they intend to open moth-balled accommodation at HMP Hull and Chelmsford in the very near future due to the continued rise in the Prison Population.

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PR 83 31 Mar 2014

Disturbance at HMP Northumberland

The POA are praising its members for once again protecting the general public after several hours of disturbance at HMP Northumberland on the evening of Friday 28th March 2014, when over 50 prisoners caused damage to a prison wing.

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PR 82 18 Mar 2014

POA March and Rally - 19th March 2014

The POA will be holding a march and rally to coincide with budget day as a protest against austerity measures that is having a destructive effect on the Criminal Justice System. Some of the issues being debated at the Methodist Central Hall will be pay, prison violence, pension age and privatisation.

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