POA Circulars

Please make yourselves familiar with the latest GOLD Briefing that has been issued to all Governors (copy enclosed).

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.

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. 

Please find attached NEC minutes for 27th January 2021 for your information.

Members will recall that the Court of Appeal decided in 2018 that the changes made to the Civil Service and NHS pension schemes in 2015 were unlawful.

Please see below a note on the WHO’s position on occupational vaccines by Ivan Dimov of WHO:

The TUC have sent out to all affiliated Trade Unions information on how colleagues and their families who come under the CEV category can access the vaccine as it appears not to have been widely communicated.

This is a final reminder regarding the above which I first advised you about in POA Circulars 165/2020 and 175/2020, on behalf of the POA National Executive Committee I have been in discussions with Professor Nick Hardwick the former Chief Inspector of Prisons and his colleagues from the University.  The survey will now finish close of play on Friday 5th February 2021.

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.