Voluntary Industrial Relations Agreement


A new Voluntary Industrial Relations agreement (VIRA) has been signed today between SPS and two of its principal Unions; Prospect and The Prison Officers Association (POA) Scotland.

The agreement which enshrines the partnership working arrangements between the SPS and its staff group is another product of the partnership approach which has been followed for the last 12 years.

Colin McConnell Chief Executive said, “SPS is a progressive and resilient organisation. At the core of the way we do our business is mutual respect and a joint commitment to deliver high quality public services, services which benefit not only those in our care but deliver more broadly for our Government and the people of Scotland.

“I am delighted to be able to sign this document which reflects our joint commitment to work together to take our service forward.”

Phil Fairlie Chair of POA(S) said, “Partnership working has paid real dividends over the last 12 years. Given the complexity of some of the challenges we have faced, we have been able to make significant progress working together in partnership which otherwise might have proved impossible.

“Today see the return to prison officers of the same rights enjoyed by every other worker, evidencing the mutual trust and respect that exists between us.”

Stuart Johnston of Prospect added, “The relationship between our Union and the SPS can best be characterised as honest, professional and open. We are delighted to be able to sign this agreement today.”