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The country must be heading for a general election soon as the political rhetoric is being ramped up.


As we take stock of the recent pay award that is yet again delayed, it has not been missed by anyone that closed grades are rightly angered and bitter about the employer’s recommendation – supported by the Pay Review Body and agreed by the Government– that they will not receive any award now or in the future.


The Rules and Constitution are clear that under Rule 5, we will have a retired members section and that qualification for retired membership is having been a full member until ceasing qualification for full membership under Rule 4.1.

Geoff Willetts, NEC reports on the TUC Disabled Workers Conference


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 2nd October 2023 for your information.

Annual Conference policy states that POA diaries should be distributed during the month of September.

The National Executive has become aware that many workplaces are experiencing problems with the prevalence of rats and mice in the workplace.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 14th September 2023 for your information.

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

The above workshop will be held from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th November 2023 at the Quorn Grange Hotel, Wood Lane, Quorn, Loughborough.

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.