We write to confirm that the POA Scotland Annual Conference will take place this year at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, Innerleithen Rd, Peebles EH45 8LX. On Wednesday 26th, 27th and 28th October.

We have received a formal pay offer from the SPS for 2022/23 and we are aware that the offer has now been published on the SPS SharePoint site.

We have now moved our offices from Calder Road in Edinburgh to our new offices in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

John Cairney, SNC Chair, looks to the future and diversity amongst representatives

Colleagues following the close of nominations for the post of Vice Chair of the SNC on Wednesday 9th March 2022, I can confirm that only 1 candidate received any nominations for the post.

The TUS met with the employer for the first outline meeting of 2022 pay talks earlier this month. At the forefront of the initial discussions was the Scottish government pay policy which has been published in December 2021.

The Scottish National Committee Vice Chair post (currently held by Jim McCabe) is due for election.  This will be a five-year post and the successful candidate will take up office at the close of play of Annual Conference May 2022 until May 2027.

It’s been six months since taking up my role as Scottish National Committee (SNC) Chair and to say it’s been quick is an understatement.

Phil Fairlie, Assistant General Secretary for Scotland, reflects on the past 12 months

As mentioned in our last general update we are keen to continue this communication source, so we hope the following is helpful.

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.