POA Circulars

During these unprecedented times it is vital that we continue to keep you updated on issues and plans throughout the Service.


Please find attached PHE Guides on the following for your information.


There is some confusion as to what the employment rights of new and expectant mothers are under COVID - 19, the NEC set out below what should always happen not just during this emergency.


As we enter week 3 of the lockdown not just in our Communities but in our Prisons and other institutions the saddest part so far is losing two colleagues to this dreadful virus.

I wish to relay to you my assurances that your safety and well-being at work is my top priority and I will not waiver in my support for you all at this difficult time.


Please find enclosed Press Release from the Justice Select Committee for your information in relation to the impact of COVID-19.


In respect of POA Circular 004/2020 dated 16th January 2020 as per the “Cuffe” report the process concluded with a report from the Independent Panel.


Please find attached for your information an open letter sent to the Chair of the Pay Review Body regarding Pay.


Please find enclosed updates from Thompsons Solicitors regarding COVID-19. Please ensure your members are updated accordingly and have access to the briefings.


The National Executive are in constant contact with the employers, Government, ACAS, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, amongst others.

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.