General News, Articles and Information from The POA North of the Border:

03 Dec 2012

HMP Low Moss: Test bed

It is the shining new beacon of the prison estate in Scotland. But HMP Low Moss is more than just a building; it could be the model for the jails of the future

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05 Nov 2012

Prison officer union votes to reject union

POAS assistant general secretary: “At some point unions will have to take a view..."

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04 Oct 2012

Help Protest and protect yourself, Willie Carle, SNC

I, like you, have been frustrated and left feeling angry with the way we have been treated over the pension issues and the disappointing return of the numbers who participated in the ballot. All too often when I have been going round talking to members of this union I have been asked why should we protest? Nothing will change; we are already paying and will have to work to 68...

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02 Oct 2012

Raise your Banners for a Future that works in George Square on 20th October

The labour movement will return triumphantly to George Square on October 20th. Following protracted negotiations and helpful interventions from elected councillors we are now able to say with confidence that George Square will not be considered a no-go zone for peaceful protest in the future.

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15 Jun 2012

Report from POA Scotland

National Chairman of POA Scotland, Phil Fairlie, reports on his first year in office.

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24 Apr 2012

Scottish Newsletter: April 2012

Record high numbers in our gaols, HMP Low Moss, Baton replacement, STUC Conference 2012, HMP Grampian.

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10 Apr 2012

Bankers' Pay and Bonuses

A national disgrace? You decide! This wouldn’t be allowed to happen in the public service...or would it?

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08 Jul 2011

A personal account of The Fire Fighters Charity at Penrith

I was involved in an accident which caused my injuries. The diagnosis was most probably internal bruising, but as the injury worsened over the months it was suggested that I go for physiotherapy.

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29 Apr 2011

Scottish National Chairman

You will be aware by now that I am standing down from the position of Scottish National Chairman after the Annual Conference in May this year. I have to say that despite the significant difficulties faced by the Union over the years and decisions that have had to be made, the decision to stand down as Chairman has, in many ways, been the most difficult.

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26 Apr 2011

The Greatest Robbery in British History

Colleagues, contrary to what those in power would have you believe; that we are all in
this together and that we must all make sacrifices so that you’ll give up your pensions,
cut your wages and settle for a life of debt and despair - the United Kingdom is not
broke. Not by a long way.

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