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Please note in the Scotland section of the National Chairs update (issued today), where he accurately references the Scottish government pay policy position of 1% for this current year, it does not apply to the SPS staff. As you will have seen in communications from the SPS and the POA, we are in the 3rd year of the 3 year pay deal, and its terms will be fully met by the employer.
It makes reference to testing being introduced shortly to Scottish prisons, which again is accurate, however it will not be lateral flow testing used, it will be PCR testing. There are 3 sites identified for phase 1 of its rollout, which are HMP Dumfries, HMP Perth, and HMP Greenock.
Assistant General Secretary
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.