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22 August 2018

Prison crisis: a catastrophe of cuts and privatisation

Birmingham Prison has become the latest in a long line of catastrophic failures of privatisation

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8 August 2018

Take on probation privatisation with union action

The experiment of using private companies' for probation services has resulted in a worse service for staff and for prisoners

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4 July 2018

Probation service: 'You are not a priority'

"Is anyone being physically attacked?" Not yet. "Then you are not a priority," say the police.

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13 June 2018

Vote Mike Rolfe for Napo general secretary

Napo is struggling to make a significant difference to the working lives of members. In five years, the incumbent, Ian Lawrence, has been unable to stop a decline in membership, and it is time for him to step aside.

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15 November 2017

4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

End assaults on inmates: Thousands of young people have been harmed while being 'restrained' by officers in secure facilities

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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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16 September 2015

Workplace news in brief

Probation strike: Probation workers in Unison took three hours of strike action on 14 September in an ongoing dispute over pay

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15 September 2015

Unison probation workers' strike

Probation workers in Unison took three hours of strike action on 14 September in an ongoing dispute over pay

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2 September 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

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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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15 July 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

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14 July 2015

Probation workers strike for 2 hours

On Tuesday 14th July Unison members in the probation service took two hours of strike action over pay

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8 July 2015

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Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.

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10 June 2015

Workplace news in brief

Probation workers: Probation workers in England and Wales organised by public sector union Unison had expected to take strike action for 24 hours on 11 June after employers have failed to improve a 0% pay-rise offer

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8 June 2015

Probation workers' strike on 11 June

Unison members working in probation in England and Wales will take strike action for 24 hours on Thursday 11 June

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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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