General Secretary

POA members in England and Wales who work in public-sector jails will rightly be outraged at the betrayal of the government in relation to pay.

Why the POA’s political allies could prove vital to improving members’ working conditions

Time for a permanent solution in our prisons

The POA have campaigned over the last couple of years to ensure when POA members are assaulted that the Courts take it seriously

I have received many emails over the last few weeks from branch officials and indeed members in general.

Steve Gillan updates members on Pay Award Recommendation 3 - Judicial Review

Cautious approach should be taken to ensure pandemic is finally under control in society


This year has started dramatically with further announcements from the Prime Minister implementing further National lockdowns in England, with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland introducing restrictions of a similar nature but I recognise there may be differences in each of the four countries where the POA have membership.

POA members should rightfully be proud of their strength and resilience throughout this current year as keyworkers during this global pandemic


When I became the POA General Secretary in May 2010 there had been five previous General Secretaries since 1939 those being Harley Cronin, Fred Castell, Ken Daniel, David Evans, Brian Caton.

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.