Surely, this time, better days lie ahead


You may be aware of SPS NTS 17/21 which was issued by SPS outlining the provision for staff who have been required to shield through various points throughout the COVID pandemic, to have any leave lost during those periods reinstated.

Over the past week Scotland’s health trade unions been in formal pay negotiations for Agenda for Change staff with the Scottish Government and NHS employers.


Please find enclosed the process and timeline for the election of 1 post to the SNC. The vacancy is an interim post, which will run until May 2023.

We just want to take the opportunity to mark today, the 1st anniversary of when the whole country went into lockdown following the outbreak of COVID. 

Please see the link to the Left Review Magazine and the POAS’s article on page 11 and advert page 18

Following the issue of Circulars 01/21 02/21 & 05/21 relating to the election of Scottish National Committee Chair, I can confirm that John Cairney, having received support from the branches listed below, is the sole nominee for the post.

We wrote to you on 14th December 2020 with updates and we want to keep that theme going and we hope this latest update is helpful.

Please note in the Scotland section of the National Chairs update (issued today), where he accurately references the Scottish government pay policy position of 1% for this current year, it does not apply to the SPS staff.

Following the issue of Circular 01/21 notifying branches of the election to the post of Scottish National Committee Chair and seeking candidates for said position, I can confirm that John Cairney is the sole candidate for the post.

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.