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Please find attached NEC minutes for the 27th March 2024 for your information.

 

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all POA members.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 12th and 13th March 2024 for your information.

The POA Pay Submission can now be officially sent out as the other parties involved have now shared their documents.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 28th February 2024 for your information.

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Research Participants Needed for study on experiences of working with vulnerable groups in prisons Click here 

If you’ve retired from the Prison Service in the past 3-5 years and are keen to talk about your working experiences, you’re invited to take part in this research study!


Sign this petition now: Create a law to protect emergency workers from distress/harassment in dwellings Click here 

Please support this petition to close this loophole for abuse toward staff and other colleagues in all of the emergency services.


Listen to the latest episode of the POA podcast - Time to banish razors from prisons!  Click here 

 

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“The support from my union and Thompsons has been faultless. It’s reassuring to know that my family are now financially secure and we don’t have to worry about the cost of any treatment.”

Six-figure compensation awarded to Prison Officers’ Association member with lung cancer

Why join the POA?

We’ll support you when you have a problem at work and work to improve your Terms and Conditions. But that’s not all we’re about. Being a POA member also gives you access to a whole host of other benefits.

POA members gain from a wide range of benefits negotiated by your Union - with potential savings far above the cost of annual subscription! These are regularly updated and cover everything from lifestyle to health, motoring, technology, shopping, charity support, legal and financial. Here is a small sample:

  • Health and wellbeing – savings, discounts, eyecare, counselling, rehabilitation services
  • Legal Services – Personal Injury, Employment, Deaths in Custody, Will Writing
  • Cars – breakdown cover, purchase discounts, hire, new and used vehicles
  • Leisure and Travel – short breaks, holidays, car hire, travel insurance
  • Financial Services – advisory services, savings and loans, cashbacks and discounts, help with difficulties, tax
  • Insurance – Life Assurance, Income Protection, Vehicle and Home, Pet, Travel insurance
  • Technology and Mobiles – group discount schemes
  • Charities offering assistance to members – distress and hardship relief, money and debt problems, allowance and grants, confidential helpline
  • Shop – food and household brands, goods and luxury items, payment cashback card, Blue Light discount card.

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.