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.

As we head into the summer months and, at the time of writing, the EURO 2020 football tournament having kicked off, can I offer my condolences to our colleagues in England and Wales for their poor showing in the tournament, and congratulate Andy Robertson on his Freedom of Scotland award for captaining us to a memorable victory over Italy in the final.

The SNC have booked Perth Civil Service club for a Communications meeting, to take place on Tuesday 27th July.

As I think back t o the beginning of this global pandemic, never in my wildest dreams did I t hink it would have gripped the world in the way it has, nor do I think y ou would have.

Following our meeting this morning the SNC have reluctantly decided that there is insufficient assurance or certainty around us being able to stage our annual conference planned for October this year, and this circular is to inform you that we have decided to cancel it until next year. 

As per POAS circular 22/21, Jim McCabe and I are on an NCRG subgroup to get a date agreed for staff returning to Pre COVID attendance patterns.

Please find attached the branch allocation for the Scottish National Committee. 

As you will be aware staff testing has been rolled out across the whole estate and available in each prison for those who wish to volunteer to be tested.

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.