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.

Given recent events surrounding member applications and outcomes through the capability process we are looking to compile a data collection of information that allows us to keep track of how cases are being managed and adjudicated on through the SPS process.

Could Scotland’s prison officers be about to make use of their right to strike for the first time, over pay? The strength of feeling from the pay ballot would suggest so

John Cairney, Scottish National Committee Chair reports on the Scottish pay ballot

We are incredibly saddened to report the passing of John Shannon who was one of our HLM’s in Scotland. John had been ill for some time following a diagnosis of terminal cancer, but his death came as a shock to everyone, given how well he had been doing and was still incredibly active and in good spirits.

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.