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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.

In 2014, the POA commissioned a survey of members to examine their work-related wellbeing.

Please find attached NEC minutes for 23rd December 2020, for your information.

This year has started dramatically with further announcements from the Prime Minister implementing further National lockdowns in England, with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland introducing restrictions of a similar nature but I recognise there may be differences in each of the four countries where the POA have membership.

Following further arson attacks on staff vehicles in establishments, we wanted to ensure that staff were fully sighted on the ongoing work SPS are undertaking both internally and jointly with Police Scotland colleagues, and provide assurance that these matters are being treated with the utmost seriousness.

A meeting of the Scottish National Committee was held on 28 November 2020 at 13.00 pm

Updated provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. Please note, the following may change at short notice. 

As part of Covid-19 contingency measures, the POA NEC have had regular dialogue with HMPPS around the newly created Covid-19 temporary capacity expansion.

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.