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You will recall that we have fought and won Tribunal cases for members who were members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) and who were required to transfer to the Alpha Pension Scheme that was introduced in 2015.

If you are a prison officer, you are invited to take part in this research ‘working to identify the support and supervision needs of prison officers working within prison environments.’

As members are aware the POA Health and Safety Whitley Committee have been campaigning for a menopause policy for members to be produced by HMPPS. HMPPS have now realised they need a policy and work has started on producing it.

As you are aware POA Circular 114/2021 requested expressions of interest to attend the above training. Unfortunately, due to the current Omicron variant and related problems, it has been decided to postpone this training.

Please find attached NEC minutes for 15th December and Special NEC minutes for the 21st December 2021 for your information.

It’s been six months since taking up my role as Scottish National Committee (SNC) Chair and to say it’s been quick is an understatement.

Phil Fairlie, Assistant General Secretary for Scotland, reflects on the past 12 months

POA members in England and Wales who work in public-sector jails will rightly be outraged at the betrayal of the government in relation to pay.

HMPPS would have you all believe that they are successfully recruiting thousands of frontline prison officers and we will soon be up to the target staff in post figures for every establishment.

Prison officers are throwing their weight behind two parliamentary initiatives this month – Earl Attlee’s bid to ban the “facilitation of potting” and Grahame Morris MP’s Prisons (Violence) Bill, aka the “Safe Inside Law”.

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.