Press Releases

On Wednesday 30th November, Prisons Minister Damian Hinds, announced to Parliament that due to an "acute and sudden increase in the prison population" in recent months the Operation Safeguard contingency plan had been launched for the first time since 2007.

The POA are in disbelief that a rogue Deputy Governor at an establishment in HMPPS have selected a prisoner as part of an interview board to determine the suitability of prison officers for a particular unit within that prison and ignored a national official of the POA to pull back from this ridiculous position.

The POA trade union represents members who work on contracts supporting Immigration Services and Border Force Officers across the United Kingdom and France.

The Scottish Government’s Pay Offer which in reality represented a significant pay cut to the membership has been the subject of an indicative ballot. 

Thompsons Solicitors has today written to the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, on behalf of 12 major trade unions coordinated by the TUC, to challenge new regulations permitting the use of agency workers during industrial action. 

Prison Officers who protected the general public during the pandemic and put their own lives at risk on average are getting a 4 per cent pay rise which is not even half of the rate of inflation.

Prison officers are throwing their weight behind two parliamentary initiatives this month – Earl Attlee’s bid to ban the “facilitation of potting” and Grahame Morris MP’s Prisons (Violence) Bill, aka the “Safe Inside Law”.

The Prison Officers Association have issued a stark warning to the Government after they released the recommendations today for the pay award relating to operational Prison staff some 6 months overdue.

In response to a BBC Newsnight item around rising suicide rates in prison the POA would like to issue the following press release.

New rules that came into force on 31st May will remove legal help to road accident victims - but the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) has announced it will be stepping in to continue to support any member with a claim to make sure they continue to get specialist legal help.

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.