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The POA are delighted to announce a further expansion of member benefits in the form of discounts to members and retired members available through the UR Benefits portal.

Further to POA Circular 98/2021 which outlines the indicative ballot timetable and why we are consulting with our OSG members in relation to pay and whether you wish to consider industrial action up to and including strike action.

The POA is looking for delegates to attend the following 4 TUC Equality Conferences 2022.

As you are aware the POA NEC have been briefing cross party MPs and Lords on issues that affect POA members in relation to the above proposed Bill.

As I am sure POA members recognise by law, Prison Officers in England/Wales service along with Prison Officers in Northern Ireland cannot be asked to take industrial action by the POA National Executive Committee or induced by any other individual.

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The telephone landlines at Cronin House will be switching over to Microsoft Teams at 11.00hrs on Wednesday 6th October 2021.

There is likely to be some disruption to service for a short period during the actual switchover.  

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 To: All Prison Service staff who served at HMYOI Colchester between 1996 and 1998.

The former Governor Lieutenant Colonel Julian Crowe OBE SG is planning to write the history of HMYOI Colchester and would welcome any contributions (written or photographic) from Prison officers who served on the staff of HMYOI Colchester between 1996 and 1998. All contributions should be e mailed to: jcrowe.299@gmail.com.

Kind Regards
Julian Crowe


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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.