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The call for nominations for the 2 SNC posts due for election closed on Friday 23rd February 2024, as per CIRC\08\2024. This period was for interested parties to put themselves forward as candidates for the respective posts.

There are 2 Scottish National Committee posts due for election this year.  These will be five-year posts with the successful candidates taking up office at the close of play of Annual Conference May 2024. The term of office will run until May 2029.

Phil Fairlie, Assistant General Secretary, reports on the POA Scottish Conference held on 25th and 26th October 2023 at the Peebles Hydro Hotel.


We are delighted to tell you that the charity raffle organised for this year’s Scottish conference, raised a fantastic total of £4,387. Your kind generosity far exceeded our expectations.

Our members need to pick up the slack of a failing private contractor, it’s not acceptable and things must improve.


We have managed to secure funding for an online Level 2 Gym instructors’ course through the STUC Union learning fund.

We will hold our Annual Conference to deal wholly with Scottish issues from the 25th of October to the 26th of October 2023, with the training day being held on Friday 27th October 2023. 

Tribute to one of Scotland’s ‘National Treasures’ in his 90th Year.

After almost 50 years HMYOI Cornton Vale, the allfemale estate, has closed its doors and will be replaced by a new national women’s estate, HMYOI Stirling.

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.