General Secretary

Our campaign to tackle violence in the workplace goes to Westminster


Watch Steve Gillan interviewed on Sky News regarding the rising violence against prison officers

Steve Gillan, POA General Secretary, responding on Sky News to His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Charlie Taylor's thematic review of delays in the transfer of mentally unwell prisoners.

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.

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.