Ian Lawrence's Blog

Greetings from a wet and windswept Brighton as Congress awaited the afternoon address by newly elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. 
This mornings debate on the Governments Trade Union Bill was the most...Read more
15th Sep 2015

News came through this week on the progress of the OM review. In a letter to the Trade Unions NOMS Chief Executive Michael Spurr outlined five key principles which underpin his aim to achieve improvements to the current system.

In the...Read more

11th Sep 2015

I read the blog posting from Cafcass Chief Anthony Douglas the other day  http://www.cafcass.gov.uk/...Read more

04th Sep 2015

As we reported to yesterday’s meeting of Sodexo Representatives, we have experienced yet another fruitless week at the coalface in which we held nearly two full days of talks with senior Sodexo management about the voluntary redundancy scheme...Read more

28th Aug 2015

At the end of another full on week, and as reported in BR 88-2015, the probation unions have now secured further talks with Sodexo on their early severance scheme. The discussions will take place this Monday and Tuesday have come about as a...Read more

22nd Aug 2015

If you are Napo member in any of the six Sodexo owned CRC’s you should have by now had a circular from Napo, together with an indicative ballot paper that you can send freepost or by e-mail to Chivalry Road (...Read more

31st Jul 2015

As the unions finalise our plans to consult members in the Sodexo CRC's over the severance offer, here is a message passed to me by a colleague from a senior manager who understandably wants their identity protected.

27th Jul 2015

Given the way in which this company have conducted themselves in their dealings with the unions over the last month or so, it's not a great surprise that they have refused to improve the severance scheme offer that they eventually published to...Read more

24th Jul 2015

Today, across six Community Rehabilitation Companies owned by Sodexo, staff are hearing whether they are in scope for the proposed redundancy programme that the company first revealed last Easter.

Last night I issued a Branch Briefing...Read more

16th Jul 2015

Sorry itts a quick fire posting to close what has been another extraordinary week which has largely been taken up with the Sodexo CRC and EVR issues that I have been covering of late. I was  nevertheless able to make a visit to speak with Western...Read more

10th Jul 2015