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Scottish Annual Conference of POA (Scotland) 2019 was held on 30th/31st October and hosted for the first time in Peebles Hydro Hotel. The conference saw delegates from the branches of the POA across Scotland taking part in debating motions on behalf of their branch membership and developing POA(S) policy going forward.


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The HSE has now clarified its criteria for investigating work related stress, the HSE will now consider investigating concerns about work related stress where there is evidence a number of staff are experiencing stress related ill health.


See the letter to Tim Flesher CB re Prison Grades Pay Settlement 2019 NI attached below

Following months of long and at times difficult and challenging negotiations the Scottish membership have overwhelmingly agreed to accept a three year pay deal worth a consolidated salary increase of at least 15% when compounded and much more for those still progressing through the pay-bands. 

The Shotts local branch would like to congratulate Maureen Ritchie on 40 years’ service with the Scottish Prison Service and 40 years as a union member.


SCOTTISH judges will be ordered to stop routinely sentencing offenders to less than a year in jail, SNP Community Safety Minister Ash Denham announced today.


At the recent STUC conference as part of the ongoing fight to have our pay restored after years of austerity the following motion was fully supported and passed at conference


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.