POA Circulars

Please find link below for the latest advice and update as of 26th March 2020.


There are 15 Regional Hubs which hold PPE for the Covid-19 outbreak the Hubs are located at:


I wanted to pass onto you all my sincerest thanks for the brave and essential work you are all carrying out during these unprecedented times.

In relation to the above there appears to be much misinformation being placed on social media in particular by individuals promoting the Criminal Justice Workers Union. We understand that individuals setting this up are merely in our opinion self-publicists who are frustrated that they do not have a seat at the table with the employers who recognise the POA.


Please read this if you were a member of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) or the NHS Pension Scheme (NHSPS) on or before 31st March 2012.


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 10th and 11th March 2020, for your information.


The POA are putting out regular advice during this National Emergency of COVID-19. Our members are rightly anxious and at times frightened and that is a natural reaction.

The National Executive Committee met today 20th March 2020 for a Special NEC. An agenda Item was discussed in relation to the ongoing Coronavirus, COVID-19 and all the Government and Public Health England advice around social distancing and indeed unnecessary meetings and unnecessary travel arrangements. 

Please see link below to key worker status with regards to schools and colleges.


On 20th March 2020 a Special NEC Meeting was held. The Executive determined that following the Government’s announcement of their strategy to deal with Coronavirus, Covid-19 that both the Special Delegates and Annual Conference, scheduled for 18th May to 21st May inclusive should be postponed. An alternative date of 9th November to 12th November 2020 has been provisionally arranged.


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.