You couldn’t make it up #4

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For those who serve

Members in the NPS will be pleased to learn that their struggle to keep their heads above water in the TR deluge has not gone unnoticed by those on high.

NPS Director, Sonia Crozier, announced last month that staff achieving 20 years continuous Probation service will be presented with a medal! The HMPPS medallion will come with the added bonus of £200 in shopping vouchers. Those even hardier souls who have managed to survive in Probation for 40 continuous years will get a gong plus £400 of shopping vouchers.

Wags in the NPS have nicknamed the long service award “the TR survivors medal”, while others have commented that the shopping vouchers will come in handy for long serving members of staff who are currently on long term sick due to stress and overwork.

Sadly, however Sonia notes in her memo that it ‘will not be possible to apply these arrangements retrospectively’. It is recognised, she says, that ‘regrettably there will be members of staff who have reached 20 years’ service since 1 June 2014’ who will not receive any recognition due to the legacy arrangements in place where they work. You’d think in the spirit of comradeship HMPPS could extend a hand across the divide and extend the award to those in the CRCs.

A fleeting glimpse

A member in the NPS told Napo Magazine they had been waiting for over three months for a functioning AT system in their office. The AT had been arriving in drips and drabs until finally in June the final piece arrived. Hurrah! Pleased that at last they would have fully working AT, the member eagerly awaited training in the new systems only to be told that new laptops would be arriving the following day. So there was no point in any training because all the AT would be obsolete!

It’s good to talk …

Another member has reported that they were due to take part in a Level 2 MAPPA teleconference that had to be rescheduled because Merseyside Probation hadn’t paid the telephone bill. The situation apparently lasted several days with staff having to use their personal mobile phones to make routine calls.

Meanwhile at the latest TU Engagement Meeting, the NPS employers recorded that they were clear that there was no way of currently obtaining information about the cost to themselves, or the taxpayer, of calls to the SSCL premium rate lines. They are continuing to explore a solution but are not hopeful.

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