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Probation Officers union conference challenges privatisation

by Napo member
Issue No. 2074

The National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) held its annual conference in Scarborough last weekend. Over 400 delegates attended.

Lots of motions were passed, most notably a motion on Organising for Fighting Unions, which was passed unanimously.

Mark Ewington, a Napo member from the Chiltern Counties branch, said at a fringe meeting, “We need to take more coordinated action with other public sector unions whose struggle is our struggle.

“We are fighting the same battle on pay, pensions and jobs.

“Failure to understand this would be to our detriment therefore we must be prepared to act on the motion for Fighting Unions.”

Another delegate Fariha Quarishi from the Lancashire branch, speaking on the conference floor, said, “We should be prepared to take strike action over the issue of unrealistic caseloads – enough is enough.”

The probation service is facing cuts and redundancies as a result of government plans to privatise areas of the probation service. However, probation staff are prepared to fight to save the service and join the struggle to resist cuts in other public services.

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Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2074
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