Please find enclosed updates from Thompsons Solicitors in relation to employment matters during COVID 19.

During these unprecedented times it is vital that we continue to keep you updated on issues and plans throughout the Service.


Please find attached PHE Guides on the following for your information.


There is some confusion as to what the employment rights of new and expectant mothers are under COVID - 19, the NEC set out below what should always happen not just during this emergency.


As we enter week 3 of the lockdown not just in our Communities but in our Prisons and other institutions the saddest part so far is losing two colleagues to this dreadful virus.

Please find enclosed Press Release from the Justice Select Committee for your information in relation to the impact of COVID-19.


Please find attached for your information an open letter sent to the Chair of the Pay Review Body regarding Pay.


Please find enclosed updates from Thompsons Solicitors regarding COVID-19. Please ensure your members are updated accordingly and have access to the briefings.


The National Executive are in constant contact with the employers, Government, ACAS, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, amongst others.

On the 24th March 2020 I sent out my first POA Circular 37/2020 update in relation to COVID-19 after regime restrictions came into place, which are fully supported by the NEC. I stated in that Circular that I would give weekly updates and I intend to do that unless there is nothing to report.


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.