News Room

The membership will be aware the Tolpuddle Festival will take place on Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July 2024 inclusive. Information can be obtained from:

Future parliamentary business from Monday 19 February 2024 

Dignified access to hygiene products such as tissues, soap, and toilets for staff is considered essential within a workplace.

As you all will be aware, Thompsons Solicitors are now instructed on all our age discrimination claims for injury to feelings that arise from the decision to force members to move from their Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) to the Alpha Pension Scheme from 1 April 2015.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 24th January 2024 for your information.

Watch Steve Gillan interviewed on Sky News regarding the rising violence against prison officers

Steve Gillan, POA General Secretary, responding on Sky News to His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Charlie Taylor's thematic review of delays in the transfer of mentally unwell prisoners.

Future parliamentary business from Monday 5 February 2024 

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

There are 2 Scottish National Committee posts due for election this year.  These will be five-year posts with the successful candidates taking up office at the close of play of Annual Conference May 2024. The term of office will run until May 2029.

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.