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The POA leadership accept that a General Election has been called and we enter a period of purdah.

At Annual Conference 2024, Motion 42/2024 was carried.

At Annual Conference 2024 in Eastbourne the following Motion was carried.

This webinar will equip health and safety reps with the skills to protect their colleagues from climate change-related hazards.


Some readers of Gatelodge may find it odd that a Tory hereditary peer is writing an article for this magazine and is a strong supporter of the POA. There are good reasons for this, which I will try to explain.


Action Zone 

Webinar: health and safety in a changing climate - 3rd July, 2pm-3pm

This webinar will equip health and safety reps with the skills to protect their colleagues from climate change-related hazards. Join our panel of experts who will raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on occupational health and safety, encourage organising around climate change, towards a just transition and introduce us to union initiatives which are making an impact. Register here


The TUC are running a free online course for young union members in June entitled ‘An introduction to the role of union health and safety rep’, tutored by the excellent Dave Smith.

There are two options:

Monday 10th June at 09:30 - 12:30 Register here

Thursday 13th June at 13:30 - 16:30 Register here

In addition, the TUC is running some introductory courses for Black union members - free, online, open to any Black member of a TUC affiliated union.

09:30 – 12:30 – Wednesday 5th June DAY – Registration here

13:30 – 17:30 – Tuesday 25th June – Registration here

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.


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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.