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The Conference opened with Maria Exall the first out LGBT+ President of the TUC welcoming all delegates telling them that she wanted the Conference to have an “atmosphere of learning”.


Our members need to pick up the slack of a failing private contractor, it’s not acceptable and things must improve.


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.

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.