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Menopause in the workplace - new Acas guidance

Around two million women face difficulties in work because of one of the workplace’s biggest taboos: the menopause. That’s a significant number of women currently dealing with symptoms which can be severe and temporarily debilitating. And traditionally, very hard to talk about.

To mark World Menopause Day on Friday 18th October, Acas has published new guidance to help employers and managers break the silence to support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work. READ MORE

Staff transfer negotiations stall

Negotiations between the unions and HMPPS to reach agreement on the terms for transfer of Offender Management work and CRC staff to the NPS in Wales in December this year, and the NPS in England, and other future probation providers in 2021 (should new contracts emerge) have stalled. It was hoped to finalise a staff transfer and protections agreement last week to provide the best possible terms for members to move from their CRCs to the NPS/other providers.

TUC Equalities Conferences coming up

Last week Branches were notified of the dates of two TUC Equalities Conferences coming up early in 2020.

  • TUC Women's Conference - 4th - 6th March 2020
  • TUC Black Workers' Conference -  25th and 26th April 2020

Both at TUC Congress House in London

Branches were invited to submit motions and nominations for Napo’s delegation to both with a deadline of 12 noon on Friday 15 November 2019.

OMiC dispute still live - Napo not in agreement with stage 2 roll out

This week saw the issuing of a communique and supplementary documents by the NPS to divisional leaders containing details of Phase 2 of the Offender Management in Custody Project.

In August, Napo formally served notice of dispute on the NPS following numerous expressions of concern by our members about many aspects of OMIC. These included:

Napo steps up reunification arguments in advance of TUC and Party Conference season

Napo’s campaign and negotiating teams have joined up to produce the latest ‘no holds barred’ position statement around the future of Probation. In a document that will form the basis of our contributions at the upcoming TUC and Labour Party conference fringe events, cross-party MPs, Peers and the media, the union sets out its negotiating demands on behalf of all members working in the NPS or a CRC as well as outlining Napo’s vision for the future structure of Probation under full public ownership and control.

The report focusses on:


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