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Probation Officers Strike Against Government's Plans

Thursday November 14 2013

PROBATION officers went on strike for only the fourth time in 106 years last week.

Barnsley members of trade union Napo joined in the 24-hour walkout against the government's plans to privatise 70 per cent of the Probation Service on November 5.

Andrew Green, 36, the Napo shop steward for Barnsley, said members face unprecedented times.

As they walked out of their headquarters at Acorn House on Oakwell View, staff were cheered by fellow trade unions in Barnsley who turned out to support them.

Since the government's announcement in May, Napo has spoken strongly against the proposals.

Members in Barnsley believe fragmenting the public sector service into 21 private companies and one national service will undermine public protection and put communities at risk and fail to provide the adequate service offenders need to turn their lives around.

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Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday November 14 2013 at 16:16
I have always been happy with my dealings with the Probation services..overall there do a good job..why the change.if it not broken WHY fix it..

Reply Posted by Mike on Thursday November 14 2013 at 17:14
Good on them. All unions should strike together to really show what this country think of the torie scumbags.

Reply Posted by TheWomble on Thursday November 14 2013 at 19:32
The answer is a GENERAL STRIKE. All OUT... everyone!

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday November 15 2013 at 17:02
Firefighters, probation officers, university workers, college lecturers should all strike together. Unite all those workers with live ballots and resist together. UNITY IS STRENGTH!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Saturday November 16 2013 at 03:55
I agree Dave (Gibson?)