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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


At the start of POA annual conference in Eastbourne, General Secretary Steve Gillan reflects on changing attitudes to what’s happening behind those high walls.


Annual conference 2023 was a positive and enjoyable experience, in my view. However, as the cover of this issue of Gatelodge demonstrates, not everyone was happy.


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

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.