General Secretary

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.

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.

 

The POA are putting out regular advice during this National Emergency of COVID-19. Our members are rightly anxious and at times frightened and that is a natural reaction.

POA must always look forward How we must improve working conditions

 

This year’s Annual Conference was memorable for a number of reasons as we celebrated our 80th anniversary

 

As we enter 2019 to understand the scale of the health and safety crisis engulfing our prisons in England and Wales, there is only one number you need to remember – 27 per cent

In my article this month I want to focus and remind members and local committees of the provisions of the Civil Service Management Code (CSMC)

 

At the point of writing this article the TUC will be commencing its historic 150th Anniversary in Manchester

 

The POA might have been hard-hit by anti-union legislation, but Steve Gillan is confident that, with a new strategy, it is well placed to defend and protect its members

 

COLLEAGUES, AS I WRITE THIS ARTICLE ON 8TH MARCH 2018, POA MEMBERS AT HMP LINDHOLME WALKED OUT AND REFUSED TO RETURN TO WORK IN THE DANGEROUS CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THEY REASONABLY BELIEVED TO BE IMMINENT AND SERIOUS.

 

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.