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Mark Fairhurst, POA National Chair, reacts to the news that prison officers have lost over 86 thousand years of experience over the last decade

On Friday 6th October 11:00 – 16:00, the TUC will host Introduction to the Role of Health and Safety Rep, for young members only. Free, online and open to any young member.


Iain Birrell, a trade union law expert at Thompsons Solicitors, outlines the Health and Safety Protocol and why it is vital for POA members

Mark Fairhurst answers questions and discusses the Chief Inspector of Prisons Inspection Report on HMYOI Cookham Wood. 18/07/2023

Download and read the POA Parliamentary Briefing June 2023

MTC are looking to recruit Use of Force (UoF) Instructors to support our operations at Manston, a short-term holding facility for detained persons who have crossed the channel into the UK.

NHS trade unions have confirmed their support for all health workers taking industrial action on pay and staffing this winter. Health unions recognise the urgent need for pay investment to prevent more staff leaving the NHS and further damage to patient care.

On 10th December 2022 A small group of staff from HMP Liverpool had their Christmas night out. Devastatingly one member of staff never went home.

Watch Mark Fairhurst on Sky News regarding Operation Safeguard

Listen to the National Chair's Comments on HMIP at HMP Liverpool on BBC Radio

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.