The implications of the Government u-turn on Probation represents a considerable addition to our already challenging bargaining agenda. The transfer of Offender Management work (along with the requisite staff) into the NPS from the Wales region of KSS CRC, is a priority that must be successfully delivered as it will set the benchmark for the transfer of those services later down the track in England. That’s why we are moving as quickly as we possibly can to set up the national negotiating structures where we intend to take forward our demands with the employer and secure the answers to the many questions you have been asking.
On top of this we will soon be launching a targeted ‘switch to Direct Debit’ campaign and the ‘big conversation’ where we intend to step up our visits to members workplaces and seek to attract new members into Napo. Our reps training programme is receiving widespread praise from those who have attended these courses and we are set to launch the new Napo Helpline and our new ICT database by the time that we gather in Cardiff for our AGM
Meanwhile our work on behalf of our members in the CRCs, Probation Northern Ireland and Cafcass continues, with as much importance ascribed to it as it ever has.
People join our trade union (and professional association) for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, because Napo is the friend at work that you know will be at your side if you hit difficult times. Whether it be an investigation, a disciplinary or grievance hearing, or proceedings following a Serious Further Offence review, we have a proud track record of representing individual members. This year has also seen us assisting a growing number of members who have been invited to provide evidence at inquests. This is highly sensitive work and often involves our operatives in steering the member to the most appropriate place for legal representation or emotional and psychological support.
Members who are called to account at professional bodies such as the HCPC have been ably represented by Napo or our legal advisers, and in almost all cases the feedback has been positive about our role in this process.
Our Health and Safety training has seen new representatives step forward and the recent Women in Napo event saw a bumper attendance, all of the above suggests that Napo is a Union worth being a member of.