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The research was suspended for a while as the Scottish Prison Service wanted more information before they would agree to our colleagues in Scotland taking part in the study, this has now been agreed and the link for the survey has been reopened.

Following the adoption of the above motions, members may apply for 10, 15, 20, and 30-years membership badges providing the criteria is met as set out on the attached pro-forma.

The Hazards Campaign has announced a manifesto for a health and safety system fit for all workers

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 29th May 2024 for your information.

Action Zone 

Webinar: health and safety in a changing climate - 3rd July, 2pm-3pm

This webinar will equip health and safety reps with the skills to protect their colleagues from climate change-related hazards. Join our panel of experts who will raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on occupational health and safety, encourage organising around climate change, towards a just transition and introduce us to union initiatives which are making an impact. Register here

Courses for women union members: An Introduction to the role of Union Health and Safety Representative.

These are free, online, half-day tutorials aimed at encouraging women members to consider the role of safety rep.

Members will have the chance to find out more about what the role involves and consider how they might approach it in their workplace.

TUC tutor Jennifer Forbes will run the classes. There are two dates to choose from:

Tuesday 16th July, 14:00 – 17:00 : Registration link

Thursday 18th July, 10:00 – 13:00 : Registration link

These are open to any woman union member, so long as she is not already a health and safety rep!


In addition, the TUC is running some introductory courses for Black union members - free, online, open to any Black member of a TUC affiliated union.

13:30 – 17:30 – Tuesday 25th June – Registration here

Research Participants Needed for study on experiences of working with vulnerable groups in prisons Click here 

If you’ve retired from the Prison Service in the past 3-5 years and are keen to talk about your working experiences, you’re invited to take part in this research study!

Sign this petition now: Create a law to protect emergency workers from distress/harassment in dwellings Click here 

Please support this petition to close this loophole for abuse toward staff and other colleagues in all of the emergency services.


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“The support from my union and Thompsons has been faultless. It’s reassuring to know that my family are now financially secure and we don’t have to worry about the cost of any treatment.”

Six-figure compensation awarded to Prison Officers’ Association member with lung cancer

Why join the POA?

We’ll support you when you have a problem at work and work to improve your Terms and Conditions. But that’s not all we’re about. Being a POA member also gives you access to a whole host of other benefits.

POA members gain from a wide range of benefits negotiated by your Union - with potential savings far above the cost of annual subscription! These are regularly updated and cover everything from lifestyle to health, motoring, technology, shopping, charity support, legal and financial. Here is a small sample:

  • Health and wellbeing – savings, discounts, eyecare, counselling, rehabilitation services
  • Legal Services – Personal Injury, Employment, Deaths in Custody, Will Writing
  • Cars – breakdown cover, purchase discounts, hire, new and used vehicles
  • Leisure and Travel – short breaks, holidays, car hire, travel insurance
  • Financial Services – advisory services, savings and loans, cashbacks and discounts, help with difficulties, tax
  • Insurance – Life Assurance, Income Protection, Vehicle and Home, Pet, Travel insurance
  • Technology and Mobiles – group discount schemes
  • Charities offering assistance to members – distress and hardship relief, money and debt problems, allowance and grants, confidential helpline
  • Shop – food and household brands, goods and luxury items, payment cashback card, Blue Light discount card.

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.