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2 December 2020
At my first meeting on the national executive committee (NEC) of probation union Napo, I put forward an emergency motion to launch a campaign against the pay freeze.
14 October 2020
Napo, the union of probation workers and Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff), held its first online annual general meeting (AGM), and the first since the 'reunification' of the probation service after a costly and devastating part-privatisation
7 October 2020
The criminal justice system was already stretched to breaking point before Covid. Massive redundancies have left prisons understaffed, with inexperienced officers dealing with prisoners with complex needs.
24 June 2020
The renationalisation of our probation service is a victory, but just the start of what's needed
28 August 2019
Our employers tried to take away the staff rest room and make it into another bedroom for the residents. This would have generated more income and made us more attractive for privatisation.
22 May 2019
Probation workers are celebrating a famous victory: All case management in England and Wales will be renationalised from spring 2021.
1 May 2019
Several recent tragic deaths of teenagers in 'knife crime' incidents have raised concerns about the level of violence affecting young people in England and Wales.
3 April 2019
"Irredeemably flawed" is the verdict of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Probation, five years on from the break-up and part-privatisation of the service.
6 March 2019
What does it take before one of the most incompetent government ministers in modern times is sacked? I am of course talking about transport minister Chris Grayling.
6 February 2019
Letters to the Socialist's editors including probation service failures and Venezuela.
22 August 2018
Birmingham Prison has become the latest in a long line of catastrophic failures of privatisation
8 August 2018
The experiment of using private companies' for probation services has resulted in a worse service for staff and for prisoners
4 July 2018
"Is anyone being physically attacked?" Not yet. "Then you are not a priority," say the police.
13 June 2018
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.
15 November 2017
End assaults on inmates: Thousands of young people have been harmed while being 'restrained' by officers in secure facilities
5 October 2016
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.
28 September 2016
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.
13 July 2016
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
21 October 2015
Probation and family court workers organised in Napo left their AGM last week with a new mood of determination to rebuild their union.
14 October 2015
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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