As you are aware the POA have been making a concerted effort to improve communications with members.

The new POA website has been live for several months and is proving to be an effective recruitment tool and feedback to date around the easier to use mobile compatible platform has been very encouraging.

As part of the drive to make more digital content available the POA have also joined forces with Simon Sapper podcast producer.

To date a series of podcasts have been produced and are available on most podcast platforms including Spotify, YouTube, Anchor, Breaker, Google, Radio Public, just search POA Podcast or you can visit the podcast page on the new look POA website

This month’s podcast is titled ‘The Same but Different’, it focusses on the POAs work with the devolved authorities within Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

You will hear Liz Savile Roberts MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Westminster lead of Plaid Cymru discuss prison issues and the work of the POA in Wales.

The POAs June Robinson and Ivor Dunne discuss legacy issues and complications faced by the 3-year suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Ivor discusses issues relating to Northern Ireland pay awards. 

In Scotland the POA AGS Phil Fairlie and the Scottish Justice Secretary Keith Brown discuss the ongoing relevance of the 2001 Forward together agreement, a 3 year 15% pay deal and the restoration of the right to strike for Scottish prison officers.


Please take a listen.


Yours sincerely

Deputy 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.