To best serve and improve the service offered to our members, the Prison Officers’ Association now seeks to fill these 2 full time senior positions:General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary
To best serve and improve our service to our members the POA now seeks to engage these posts: Two Full Time Assistant General Secretaries
“We can confirm that the Prison Officers Association received a briefing this evening from senior Prison Service management in relation to the Inspector of Prisons Preliminary Investigation Report on unauthorised surveillance on staff and visitors at the Midlands/Portlaoise Prison Complex.
We can also confirm that we were issued a copy of the aforementioned report. There is a large volume of content in the Inspectors Report and we are forwarding on the Inspectors Report to the Unions legal advisors. We have requested that our legal advisors fully exam the Inspectors of Prisons Report on this matter and we have asked them to forward on their advices to us as soon as they are in a position to do so.
We have since read over aspects of the Inspectors Report and we are deeply concerned by its contents and feel that the matters raised require further examination and analysis.
In page 2 of the report the Inspector states, ‘my recommendation is in light of the fact that An Garda Siochana and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner are now engaged; I consider that they are the appropriate authorities to carry out any further investigations relevant to the findings of the report’
As there is every likelihood of further formal investigations of these most serious matters, we will not be commenting further at this time”
Speaking at the Prison Officers Association Conference in Sligo this morning Tony Power, President of the POA said, “Pay adjustments in the wider economy are now a common occurrence, which we read about on a daily basis. As all public servants suffered pay cuts at the same time then it is only just and fair that prison officers have their pay restored in line with other public bodies. The job of the prison officer is critical to maintaining law and order – and we should not be excluded in any shape or form from current pay adjustments”
Power continued, “In September 2017 following negotiations the POA, like many other Public Service Unions, signed up to the latest Pay Agreement in good faith. However, this Public Service pay deal MUST now address the lost spending power of incomes after living costs are factored in – and the agreement must now also respond to profession-specific issues and ambitions”
Power said, “It is important that Prison Officers are not forgotten here and the Minister must fight our corner in this matter. If the Labour Court and the Government have recently recognised, as in the nurses’ case, that the pay deal is capable of dealing with grade specific claims, a process that had been absent from public service pay determination for over a decade, then surely the grades that we represent are as entitled to an independent pay review. It is imperative that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform engage with the Public Service Unions on pay including the broader implications of the nurses’ Labour Court recommendation”