Ian Lawrence's Blog

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

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