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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.

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


The Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 require us to provide the membership with certain information about our accounts and finances.

This is a follow up to Motion 71/23 and this year’s Conference Paper 1/2024, which was passed and now needs to be actioned.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all POA members.

Following the Special Delegates Conference in March 1996, the Executive informed delegates that they would be seeking "two candidates" nominated by branches to attend the TUC Conference annually.

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.