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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

We have been experiencing some technical issues with our membership database Merlin today. 


We have written to new Colombian govt of @petrogustavo and @FranciaMarquezM to welcome important policies for peace and workers' rights. Alongside @JFColombia and trade union movement, we will continue to support the Colombian people’s efforts to build peace and social justice.

POA Members need a proper pay rise to end the recruitment and retention crisis. Please find the POA 2022 submission to the Prison Service Pay Review Body

Read the recent report on The Experience of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Ex-Prison Officers, by Joanna Binley

Listen to Mark Fairhurst talk to Kevin O'Sullivan about separation centres on Talk Radio

POA National Chairman Mark Fairhurst believes that the directors of HMPPS must act now to remove razor blades from prisons in England and Wales. 

Serve and Protect Credit Union are celebrating the exciting news that a Prison Officer has won the £5,000 headline prize for June’s PrizeSaver draw!

Mark Fairhurst discusses the new drama series, Time, on BBC Radio Merseyside

Due to the extension of Covid regs we will need as many Stewards as possible to help with the national demo on June 26. 


Demand a new normal, Save the NHS, Safe workplaces, Save jobs, End fire and rehire, Renationalise key industry. Join the demonstration on 26th June, 1pm, London

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.