News Room

Many members will be aware that stress and anxiety amongst staff has become an ever more pressing issue for the POA.

Following a workplace ballot on the NHS pay offer to our membership in the State Hospital we can confirm that our members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the pay offer.

Please find attached NEC minutes for 28th April 2021 for your information.

Further to circular 16/21, we are pleased to report that we have some new Union Learning Representatives who will be participating in the STUC ULR course soon.  We are reinvigorating Union Learning within the POAS and recently met with STUC to investigate what support and resources are available for union officials to access training to support their membership. 

Provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. Please note, the following may change at short notice. 

Steve Gillan updates members on Pay Award Recommendation 3 - Judicial Review

Trade unions in Britain and Ireland express their profound condemnation of the terrible state violence currently taking place in Colombia.

As mentioned in our last general update we are keen to continue this communication source, so we hope the following is helpful.

It is with great regret that Ann-Marie tragically passed away very suddenly. She was a long term POA member serving at both Drake Hall and Stoke Heath.

As you will be aware over the last 18 months, we have been working on evolving our Information Technology systems and the corporate image of the POA.

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.