News Room

On the 6th September 2023 a Prisoner escaped from Wandsworth prison and this has been widely reported in the media.

I am pleased to announce after discussions and negotiations our Annual Conference will be held from Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 May 2024 inclusive at the Floral Hall, Welcome Building, Eastbourne and will be three days in duration.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all POA members.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 7th August 2023 for your information.

As you are aware the NEC are committed to the continued training and development of local Branch Officials.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 26th July 2023 for your information.

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

Oscar Wilde’s cell door from Reading Gaol, where he was incarcerated for “gross indecency”, was previously loaned to Queer Britain in London

Angela Montgomery, Assistant General Secretary, reports on the TUC Black Workers Conference 2023


Jackie Marshall, NEC, reports on the TUC Women’s Conference 2023


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.