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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. 

Following the issue of Circular 01/21 notifying branches of the election to the post of Scottish National Committee Chair and seeking candidates for said position, I can confirm that John Cairney is the sole candidate for the post.

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

Watch Mark Fairhurst interviewed on BBC North West Today talking about COVID 19 outbreaks in Prisons

As part of the “Winning a Pay-Rise for Key Workers Campaign” the TUC’s Public Service Liaison Group, of which the POA is a member, is organising an eve of the budget rally on 2nd March 2021.

We refer to POA Branch Circular 002/2021 regarding the above.

Listen to National Chair, Mark Fairhurst talk to John Pienaar on Times Radio

Future parliamentary business (provisional) from Monday 22 February 

Please find enclosed Joint Statement between POA/HMPPS regarding the above.

As part of the TUC campaign all KEY WORKERS deserve a pay rise, the POA support this campaign for all key workers. Let me make it clear Prison Officer Grades, OSGs and Custodial Workers are key workers, as are all our POA members in secure hospitals or wherever they work. 

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.