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Trade unions in Britain and Ireland express their profound condemnation of the terrible state violence currently taking place in Colombia.

As mentioned in our last general update we are keen to continue this communication source, so we hope the following is helpful.

It is with great regret that Ann-Marie tragically passed away very suddenly. She was a long term POA member serving at both Drake Hall and Stoke Heath.

As you will be aware over the last 18 months, we have been working on evolving our Information Technology systems and the corporate image of the POA.

The TUC has launched an online survey for workers who are experiencing or have experienced Long Covid. We want to better understand their experiences at work and what additional workplace support they may need.

Please find attached the 2021 POA submissions to the Prison Service Pay Review Body for your information.

Please find attached NEC minutes for 14th April 2021 for your information.

Following the issue of Circulars 09/21 & 14/21 relating to the election of Scottish National Committee Member, I can confirm that Mark Meikle, having received support from the branches listed below, is the sole nominee for the post.

As you will be aware, we have been trying to ensure each branch has an active Union Learning Representative (ULR) for some time, whilst we have been able to get some in place, we still have a void in many branches, which we hope to fill. 

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

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.