Napo and UNISON members working in probation have today staged protests demanding a fairer pay deal and process.
Members took to the streets with placards and leafletsf to highlight the fact that those working in probation have been treated more harshly than other public sector workers, and received just a single 1% pay increase since 2009.
The unions have drafted a joint pay claim that will be submitted to NPS and CRC employers and published in due course.
Napo general secretary Ian Lawrence said: “Our members have yet again
been side lined for a pay rise whilst propping up the private companies. Probation staff face ever-increasing workloads, increased stress, failing ICT systems and a nine-year pay freeze.
UNISON national officer Ben Priestley said: “The government’s attempt at reform has been nothing short of disastrous. Last year, ministers bailed out the failing privatised companies to the tune of £342m. Yet they can’t find a penny to increase pay for dedicated staff keeping the probation service going in extremely challenging circumstances.
“Money set aside for a pay rise was reallocated to the CRC bail out and a prison staff pay increase. No wonder probation workers feel so devalued and demoralised. It’s high time they got a decent pay rise.”
“It is wholly unacceptable and the MOJ faces yet more cuts over the next few years with our members being taken for granted. Probation needs a pay rise and a full pay reform as a matter of urgency.”
Watch this space for more pictures from the day of protest, and keep an eye on https://www.napo.org.uk/probation-pay-campaign-news to view the pay claim.