Ian Lawrence's Blog

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

Whatever your political views are, this years general election is the most undecided in a generation and is probably the most significant since 1945; this means that it has never been more important for people to use their democratic right to...Read more

06th May 2015

Last weeks dramatic developments kept us well occupied as we tried to heap the pressure on Sodexo following their shabby handling of their preposterous and downright dangerous job cuts programme. At this week’s Meeting of Napo's National...Read more

30th Apr 2015

Our talks with Sodexo on Monday following their announcement of 600 intended job losses and their disingenuous stance on EVR were not exactly convivial, but we were at least able to reach agreement on the need for them to go back to their...Read more

24th Apr 2015

Yesterdays meeting between Sodexo bosses and the probation unions which was diplomatically described in the joint statement that followed as a 'full and frank' discussion, paved the way for an announcement that will be issued formally tomorrow...Read more

21st Apr 2015