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22 May 2019

Workers celebrate renationalisation

Probation workers are celebrating a famous victory: All case management in England and Wales will be renationalised from spring 2021.

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1 May 2019

Knife crime - a product of capitalist misery

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.

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3 April 2019

Probation privatisation failure

"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.

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6 March 2019

Boot out failing Grayling and the other Tory wreckers

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.

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6 February 2019

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including probation service failures and Venezuela.

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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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