Ian Lawrence's Blog

Over the next few weeks I expect there will be significant activity around pay discussions and the response by the Government to the Justice Select Committee report into Transforming Rehabilitation. I intend to bring you news of developments on...Read more

10th Jul 2018

I have always believed that it’s a privilege to be employed by a trade union, and especially in the role as the senior elected employee of the organisation.

News of my re-election to remain as your General Secretary for a second term,...Read more

03rd Jul 2018

It remains to be seen whether Friday 22nd June 2018 will be remembered in future years by those members who have suffered the impact of Transforming Rehabilitation as ‘Vindication Day’. A day which saw the publication of probably the most damning...Read more

25th Jun 2018

A number of members have been in touch to ask about progress on the OMiC Review, expressing concerns about safety and the impact on work in the community. We have recently put together a comprehensive update following on from our analysis in...Read more

18th Jun 2018

Last week’s meeting of your National Executive Committee included a number of important agenda items, one of which was to receive a report from our Pay negotiators on where HMPPS had got to in respect of the pay remit that we had been told was...Read more

13th Jun 2018

Appreciation to those Napo members who took part in activities across Probation recently to remind Senior HMPPS management that we have pretty much reached the end of our tether as to whether or not we will get Ministerial...Read more

29th May 2018

I am blogging today from De Montfort University in Leicester where the Probation Institute Trainees Conference (the first for QIP 2 and 2a Trainees in NPS and CRCs) has just finished. I was speaking at the conference along with NPS Executive...Read more

21st May 2018

Saturday’s TUC march saw a number of trade union members and those from political parties and community groups join up in Central London.

I was proud to take part alongside Napo members, many of whom had travelled considerable distances to...Read more

14th May 2018

May Day is as good a time as any to dream a little. So imagine if you will a Probation landscape devoid of Community Rehabilitation Companies. One restored to public ownership as part of a Rehabilitation Counter-Revolution as politicians from all...Read more

01st May 2018

Following my earlier reports on pay over the last few weeks Napo, UNISON (and we hope the GMB) are organising a Day of Protest for members in the NPS and CRCs to show their anger and dismay at the way that probation workers have been treated over...Read more

16th Apr 2018

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