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5 October 2016

Napo conference 2016: new mood of determination

Probation and family court workers left Napo's annual general meeting in a significantly more buoyant mood to the one in which they arrived. Increased attendance and key debates about the strategy of the union served to energise the conference in a way that hasn't happened since probation services were part-privatised in 2014.

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28 September 2016

Napo conference 2016: Bloodied but unbowed!

It is two years since Chris Grayling smashed up and sold off over half the probation service. While this act of vandalism has left many feeling bloodied we remain unbowed.

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13 July 2016

Vote Chas Berry for Napo national chair

Socialist Party member Chas Berry, currently vice-chair of the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo), is a candidate in the union's election for national chair. Ballot papers go out on 15 July and voting closes on 25 August. Chas outlines his election programme

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21 October 2015

Determined mood at Napo conference

Probation and family court workers organised in Napo left their AGM last week with a new mood of determination to rebuild their union.

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14 October 2015

Napo at a crossroads

Probation and family courts workers - gathering in Eastbourne for their union Napo's conference - face an uncertain future as the full scale of cuts and privatisation comes into view.

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19 August 2015

Probation and courts union Napo needs socialist leadership

Members of probation and family courts union Napo are currently voting for national officers. The union is under sustained attack following the break-up and privatisation of over half the probation service.

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Napo members striking against privatisation in 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

8 April 2015

Stop Sodexo's probation jobs cull

With the ink barely dry on the probation privatisation contracts, Sodexo has announced sweeping redundancies

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18 February 2015

Tories' probation disaster

The probation service as we knew it was broken up and signed away into history on 1 February. Workers in probation union Napo fought long and hard but were unable to prevent 50% of services being outsourced

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10 September 2014

Probation officers protest against privatisation

Around 180 Napo members attended a mass lobby of parliament

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3 September 2014

Workplace news in brief

London bus pay demo: On 11 September, London bus drivers are demonstrating for unified pay rates across the several bus firms

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16 July 2014

Napo election: militant strategy can defeat privatisation

National vice-chair elections in Napo (which organises family court and probation workers) run from 18 July to 22 August. There are three candidates contesting two positions

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9 April 2014

Probation workers unite to fight off no-justice vultures

Private vultures hoping to swoop down and feed off the remains of local Probation Trusts got a nasty shock when thousands of workers took strike action in defence of a fully integrated public service, writes Chas Berry, Kent Napo branch chair, personal capacity.

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31 March 2014

Probation officers walk out

As probation officers walked out in Sheffield, one commented that they were striking to be unattractive to private vultures

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Napo pickets in Canterbury, 5.11.13, photo Dave Semple

26 March 2014

Probation workers' action can defeat privatisation

Probation workers in Napo are preparing for a second national strike against privatisation

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13 March 2014

Probation workers to strike again

Around 400 members of the probation workers' union Napo met in Birmingham last week where a second national strike in our campaign to defeat privatisation was announced

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22 January 2014

More action needed to defend Probation Service

I recently attended a Unison seminar regarding the government's proposals around the probation service

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27 November 2013

Criminal justice: More privatisation problems

Secretary of State Chris Grayling's plans to privatise large parts of the criminal justice system suffered a severe blow last week with the announcement that three prisons in South Yorkshire set for private takeover will now remain in public hands, writes Chas Berry, Kent branch chair, National Association of Probation Officers (Napo).

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13 November 2013

Probation officers plan more action

Despite a virtual news blackout nationally, the strike by probation workers in Napo on 5 and 6 November has brought the campaign against privatisation to prominence in every community, writes Chas Berry, Chair, Kent Branch, National Association of Probation Officers (Napo).

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photo Ian Pattison

6 November 2013

Probation workers' strike

Probation officers in the union Napo walked out of their offices at 12 noon on 5th November, for a 24-hour strike against privatisation [Reports added on 6.11.13]

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30 October 2013

Probation workers strike against privatisation

As probation workers prepare to strike on 5 and 6 November, confidence is growing that privatisation can be defeated, writes Chas Berry, Chair, Kent National Association of Probation Officers ( Napo).

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