4 November 2013
NAPO CALLS 24 HOUR STRIKE OVER 5TH/6TH NOVEMBER
Napo has served notice that it is calling on all its members in the Probation Service of England and Wales to take industrial action in the form of strike action from 12 Noon Tuesday 5th November to 12 Noon Wednesday 6th November.
The call follows the conclusive ballot result to support strike action and action short of strike action where 84%of those polled showed their willingness to take part in opposition to Chris Graylings Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda.
Writing to Branch Secretaries and Chairs last Friday (BR 133-13 Napo serves notice of industrial action), Napo General Secretary Ian Lawrence said: ‘Your Officers, Officials and NEC have worked tirelessly to try and secure the protections that you would expect to see in place if TR is implemented. That is what a responsible trade union does, and that is why Napo will continue the talks via the NNC and with the MoJ. But Napo members have spoken and the Union needs to do everything it can through the media, Parliament and direct action involving our members to highlight the grave threat to public safety as well as the chaos that will follow if the Governments plans are implemented.
Ian added: ‘ Napo does not take strike action lightly and we will be seeking to do all that we can to avoid this, but we have been presented with an impossible timetable. Unison is currently considering their position and will review their approach in light of developments over the next week.’