POA Circulars

I am pleased to announce that a long-standing National dispute surrounding protections for Band 4 staff In the Open and Female Estate has now been resolved.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 23rd September 2020, for your information.


Please be aware of the following guidance that has been issued to Governors, ensuring that you adhere to the newly imposed restrictions on social visits.


HMPPS have agreed that if staff choose to wear a face mask whilst on duty, in any area, at any time, they may do so. This will be personal choice and no permission is needed.


Further to POA Circular 124/2020 the closing date for receipt of branch nominations was Friday 9th October 2020.

Please ensure all POA members view the contents of this Circular.


If you pay tax, there’s a fairly high chance you’ve paid too much.


Please be reminded that the current policy of the POA is not to engage in completion of the employer’s annual staff survey

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 8th September 2020, for your information.


Many members may be unaware that the Winter Influenza Vaccination Programme for the 2020/21 flu season has been extended, with more groups eligible to receive the Influenza Vaccine than in previous years. 

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.