Ian Lawrence's Blog

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who made their way to Nottingham last week for a hugely successful Annual General Meeting. By now, all attendees should have received a survey asking for your feedback on the way in which conference was...Read more

20th Oct 2017

As I previously reported the TUC public sector pay campaign is being launched on 17th October with a Parliamentary Lobby (2:00)  followed by an evening Rally in Parliament Square (6:30).

National Vice-Chair Tina Williams will be...Read more

06th Oct 2017

Last week saw a meeting (at last) between the Probation Unions and the HMPPS senior managers in charge of the shared services division (SSCL). This is the organisation who are responsible for paying NPS staff correctly and administering the...Read more

02nd Oct 2017

I have been advised of a change to the start time for the TUC’s public sector pay rally taking place in Parliament Square on Tuesday 17 October

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22nd Sep 2017

This week’s TUC in Brighton had a definite feel of renewed hope following the unexpected result of the General Election.

Two key issues were hot topics for debate. One was obviously the need to break the public sector pay cap (...Read more

15th Sep 2017

The Trade Union Congress gets underway in Brighton on Sunday and Napo has two keynote motions which will be up for debate on Tuesday morning. We always have two motions at the TUC and they always get carried; but I have been doing some work with...Read more

08th Sep 2017

As always I had a huge list of issues that I wanted to c...Read more

01st Sep 2017

Here is the media release that we are issuing shortly


Union claims Probation services in Gloucestershire are in crisis

The...Read more

31st Aug 2017

The news that we have picked up about the future prospects on pay from our trade union engagement meetings, and at what was the most depressing briefing session that I have attended in recent years with the MoJ Permanent Secretary, suggests a...Read more

25th Aug 2017

NPS members will be as concerned as Officers and Officials about the potential impact of the intended expansion of VISOR vetting as part of E3 phase 2. At the recent Trade Union Engagement Meeting the plan is for all CA, PSO, PO and SPO staff...Read more

18th Aug 2017