Probation officers to strike

Submitted by Matthew on 12 March, 2014 - 11:44

Probation officers in England and Wales will strike on 31 March and 1 April against the proposed privatisation of their service.

Members of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) also struck in November 2013, only the fourth strike in the union’s history. NAPO general secretary Ian Lawrence said: “The Coalition’s plans to sell off the management of offenders to private providers so that they can make a profit from the justice system is a recklessly dangerous social experiment that presents massive risks to the safety of communities.”

Unions fear that privatisation will damage the service as well as potentially harming workers’ terms and conditions.

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