News Room

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

This circular supersedes the previous POA Circular NI 001/2023 dated 20 October 2023.

Please find below election timetable for the forthcoming Area Vice Chair NI Election.

Since 2015 the NEC has been involved in negotiations to introduce a new policy on First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work.

Chesterton Grant have been working alongside the POA for nearly a year, and through our personalised landing pages and their attendance of wellbeing days, they have managed to support many people on their mortgages, pension tracing and estate planning.

Yesterday, the Government announced an Emergency Prison Release Scheme based on legislation that will allow early releases. This scheme will apply to prisoners serving determinate sentences with automatic release at 50% point.

It has come to the attention of the NEC that members who are currently or have been on long term sick were being refused to opt into F&S by the Employer.

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The Conference opened with Maria Exall the first out LGBT+ President of the TUC welcoming all delegates telling them that she wanted the Conference to have an “atmosphere of learning”.


Our members need to pick up the slack of a failing private contractor, it’s not acceptable and things must improve.


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.