POA Circulars

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


At the NEC meeting of 10th June 2020, the cancellation of Annual Conference 2020 and the disposal of Motions were discussed, and it was proposed;


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 27th May 2020, for your information.


The Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 require us to provide the membership with certain information about our accounts and finances.


As I have indicated in previous updates the POA have been in discussions with HMPPS regarding the medium term recovery plan. HMPPS have agreed wording to the National Framework with the POA and other recognised Unions within HMPPS. On Tuesday 2nd June 2020, the Secretary of State Robert Buckland QC made a Ministerial statement endorsing the National Framework. I am also pleased ...

Consideration has been given to how Gatelodge can be more representative of members’ views whilst at the same time being a good source of information. The National Executive therefore welcome ideas from all sectors of the membership about what they would like to see in the journal.


The National Executive wish to make you aware of recent amendments to the process that governs outstanding Internal Adjudicator (IA) referrals.


I have been made aware of the fundraising that the family of the above named have been doing to assist their daughter in getting spinal surgery. Phil Seager at Swinfen Hall is a respected branch official and so far his appeal has raised in excess of £14,000. The aim is to raise £50,000.


The NEC want to update the membership on the CSCS, and decisions made by the Minister on the future of the CSCS. 

The National Executive Committee met today at its normal NEC meeting and as part of the agenda Annual Conference 2020 was discussed. As you will recall due to COVID-19, the NEC made the decision to postpone the May 2020 Conference until November 2020 hoping that a return to normal later this year would enable that Conference to take place in Southport.


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.