Scotland: HMP Shotts celebrate 40 years service

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.

Maureen is a stalwart of this fine union and has supported the local branch on many occasions throughout her time. We presented her with the Chairman’s long service certificate and some champagne flutes, which were well received by her in front of a packed out boardroom.

Maureen stood with us on our day of action in freezing torrential rain when she had no reason to do so as she had reached the pinnacle of her career and only stood united with us for new staff coming into the service to be treated fairly with safe working practices and decent salaries.

We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her continued support and are proud of her achievement to the union.

John Dickson
HMP Shotts

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.