News Room

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

Following the adoption of the above motion, members who have 30 years and above may apply for the Platinum Badge providing the criteria is met as set out on the attached pro-forma.

In its rush to finalise Brexit, the government plans to axe over 2,400 laws by the end of next year – all because they originated in the EU.

NHS trade unions have confirmed their support for all health workers taking industrial action on pay and staffing this winter. Health unions recognise the urgent need for pay investment to prevent more staff leaving the NHS and further damage to patient care.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 23rd November 2022 for your information.

On 10th December 2022 A small group of staff from HMP Liverpool had their Christmas night out. Devastatingly one member of staff never went home.

The High Court has given the green light to Unions’ legal challenge against “strike-breaking” agency worker regulations. A Judicial review of “anti-worker” regulations which “undermine the right to strike” is expected to be heard in March.

Given recent events surrounding member applications and outcomes through the capability process we are looking to compile a data collection of information that allows us to keep track of how cases are being managed and adjudicated on through the SPS process.

It is with great sadness that we report to the membership the death of our good friend and Honorary Life Member Jim Smyth, who sadly passed away on 1st December 2022.

Please find attached the Certificate of Result from Civica Election Services, formerly known as Electoral Reform Services (ERS).

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.