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 March, and the full document can be seen here.
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 with HM Treasury for clearance. I am working with the Comms team here to see how we can capture some of the key decisions and get these out to members.
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 approval to start pay negotiations. As I said in the lead up to the day of protest, Napo and Unison submitted our joint pay claim to all employers on the 18th May.
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 director Sonia Crozier, and took the opportunity to set out Napo’s prespective of the post-TR landscape as well as to outline our view on the future direction of probation.
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 support the event. I was not alone in having reservations about the TUC selecting a date for such a huge enterprise so soon after the local elections, which had no doubt seen many political activists working hard in their neighbourhoods in the weeks before.
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 parties are left with no choice but to roundly condemn Grayling’s follies which transformed a once gold-standard service into two dysfunctional entities far removed from their former selves and where quality and professionalism are all too often the exception rather than the rule.
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 the 2017/18 Pay farce and the delays in negotiations over longer term pay reform from 2018 onwards.
We have heard back from the Probation and Prisons Minister Rory Stewart following our meeting with him last month and the reply to our overtures is both predictable and disappointing. It is more of the “you are doing such a great job, but the fiscal position is very difficult etc.” mantra that we have seen from successive politicians with no clear timeline as to when we can expect substantive pay talks to start. We will now be taking forward our planning with Unison for the events that I touched upon last week and more news will follow from this week’s meeting of the negotiators.
Our very strong representations over the 2017/18 NPS pay debacle and the so far going nowhere any time soon, response to the longer term pay reform agenda, has brought us a meeting with the new Prisons and Probation Minister Rory Stewart on Tuesday.