POA Circulars

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.

Please find attached the letter to the Parliamentary Under Secertary of State (Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment) stating our case as to why POA members and more widely prison staff and those in our care should be in the priority group for vaccinations.

The POA has a proud history of recognising the hard work and dedication of members. 

Please find attached NEC minutes for 13th January 2021 for your information.

I recognise that there are extreme sensitivities around Prison staff vaccinations as keyworkers during the pandemic and the POA and indeed HMPPS Senior leaders are making the case to Government that Prisons are just as equally important as any other workplace where keyworkers exist and that prison staff and those in our care should be prioritised.

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.