General Secretary

The country must be heading for a general election soon as the political rhetoric is being ramped up.


At the start of POA annual conference in Eastbourne, General Secretary Steve Gillan reflects on changing attitudes to what’s happening behind those high walls.


Affiliate to your local Trades Council

In the past I have updated the POA membership about new restrictions on Trade Unions through legislation on The Trade Union Act 2016 which was first implemented on 1st March 2017. I wish once again to point out the main restrictions particularly when balloting for industrial action. The POA recognise that there are areas within our membership where we can take legitimate action ...

General Secretary reflects on Cost of Living Crisis and a new Prime Minister.

POA Conference after two years is very much welcomed

Annual Conference delegates endorsed Conference Paper 3. Initially outlined in the NEC paper was to increase subscriptions in 2022 by 33 pence per month, however we recognise the financial pressure on our dedicated POA members, so the Executive recommended to freeze subscriptions at £15.60 for the third year running with a review to take place at Conference in May 2023. The NEC ...

POA Conference after two years is very much welcomed

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.

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.