Ian Lawrence's Blog

Our members across probation will be well aware that Napo and our sister unions are engaged in an extremely challenging issue around the plans by the six Sodexo owned CRCs to shed 600 jobs. In addition, we are spending a considerable amount of...Read more

07th Jul 2015

I reported earlier this week that the two disputes registered by Napo and Unison reps in South Yorkshire and Northumbria were to be considered by the National Negotiating Council (NNC) Joint Secretaries (of which I am one, and Francis Stuart of...Read more

26th Jun 2015

Our top priority over the last few weeks has been the ongoing dialogue with senior Sodexo management about their offer of an Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy Scheme (EVR) which was supposed to shield the 600 staff who have been deemed as surplus to...Read more

24th Jun 2015

We have been releasing as much news as we can on the talks that have been taking place between the Probation Unions and Sodexo over their offer to vary the terms of the Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy scheme that they wish to offer to staff within...Read more

17th Jun 2015

A big day for Napo again, as the fully booked WiN (Women in Napo) conference commences in York with a range of excellent speakers on a number of diverse subjects covering probation and the family courts.  As you would expect, I have sent...Read more

12th Jun 2015

Two big meetings today. The first with Sodexo senior leaders to resume discussions on the workforce reductions that they announced before Easter and on which we had secured a pause in the proceedings.

A brief position statement has been...Read more

05th Jun 2015

We expect to formally launch our campaign in the next week or so to encourage existing Napo members and those who wish to join us to pay their future subscriptions by Direct Debit (DD). this follows the announcement by Chris Grayling (that I have...Read more

29th May 2015

In advance of the traditional introductory phone call from the newly appointed Justice Secretary Michael Gove and our first meeting with him, all of the probation unions have been reflecting on the outcome of the general election result and how...Read more

22nd May 2015

The media this week has been full of post-election analysis, blame attribution on a grand scale, leadership jostling and much self-introspection by Labour and Trade Union leaders about where and why, and for that matter how, it all went wrong....Read more

15th May 2015

Trying to make sense of the election result amidst the deep disappointment that I can assume most Napo members will be feeling this morning is a tough call. It’s not any easier watching David Cameron crow about a ‘magnificent victory’ which,...Read more

08th May 2015