The POA National Executive determined that it was time to produce a documentary on the history of the POA.

Consequential films were commissioned to do this piece of work and the Director Mr Gregg McDonald has an excellent track record of working with Trade Unions and he has produced video shorts and assisted the POA with a rally and meeting footage in the past.  He also works with the Stop the War coalition and Hope not Hate.

Mr McDonald carried out detailed research within all POA offices and was advised admirably by branch official Stuart McLaughlin who curates the HMP Wandsworth Prison Museum.

The documentary features many individuals and voices of past POA Officials and present POA Officials from across the entire UK POA. It would have been impossible to interview everyone so apologies in advance.

It features inputs from the TUC General Secretary, Members of Parliament, Journalists, Thompson’s solicitors and other current high-profile Officials from fellow Trade Unions.

The documentary displays our very rich history and an interview with the daughter of Harley Cronin who is 93 years of age and resides in Canada. It was imperative that we put on record our history so that our younger members know exactly what the struggles were in the past and some of them mirror the struggles that we face now. The documentary is about an hour long and well worth a view as it predates our foundation in 1939.

The POA thank everyone who contributed to the film in very challenging circumstances, and we place on record our thanks to Mr Gregg McDonald for this piece of work. The film is available on the POA website at

Yours sincerely

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.