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Representatives of various legal professional bodies (including the Criminal Bar Association) and trade unions are calling for an immediate review of safety arrangements across the HMCTS estate amidst rising concerns that courts are unsafe and fail to implement measures to ensure that all buildings are Covid-19 secure.

Future parliamentary business (provisional) from Monday 18 January 

In 2020 (prior to the Covid-19 pandemic), the POA commissioned a survey of members to examine their work-related wellbeing.

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Read the Winter 2020 POA Gatelodge online Click here

Winter Gatelodge 2020



Read this guide on women's safety online, written by women for women, and empowering women to protect themselves online. Click here

The empowering internet safety guide for women

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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.