We refer to POA Branch Circular 002/2021 regarding the above.

We have managed to secure funding for an online Level 2 Gym instructors’ course through the STUC Union learning fund. It is clear the course is popular amongst our membership and highly likely that interest will exceed the capacity, which is for 12 learners.

The Scottish National Committee Chair post (currently Vacant) is due for election.  This will be a five-year post and the successful candidate will take up office in May 2021.  

Following further arson attacks on staff vehicles in establishments, we wanted to ensure that staff were fully sighted on the ongoing work SPS are undertaking both internally and jointly with Police Scotland colleagues, and provide assurance that these matters are being treated with the utmost seriousness.

Following on from circular 29 sent on the 14th December we wanted to update you regarding the C&R part. 

Firstly, can we begin with saying that this was not the year any of us expected or in fact have enjoyed. For those of you who have suffered directly due to the pandemic, our support and best wishes go to you.


Towards the end of last week and in line with the new government restrictions that were announced, the SNC were approached by SPS for the resumption of visits in all sites as visit rooms are not deemed as a prisoners home.

Following the application of the pay deal in 2017/18 (the pay deal previous to the current 3 year deal) the POA raised an issue with SPS about a group of recently promoted FLM’s that we believed had been disadvantaged due to the movement of the pay date from October to April.


See the circular attached


You will no doubt be aware of the latest communication in relation to the pension consultation, that comes in response to the McLeod judgement for discrimination on pension provision for some effected members.

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.