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Probation workers in St Austell, Truro and Camborne strike

By CG_Caroline  |  Posted: November 04, 2013

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Probation workers in St Austell, Truro and Camborne strike

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Probation staff from centres in St Austell, Camborne and Truro are staging a 24 hour walkout tomorrow in outrage at Government plans to privatise the service.

Workers will begin the strike at noon in what is only the fourth time in 106 years that staff in the Probation Service have walked out.

Napo, the trade union for Probation and Family Court staff, balloted for strike action to make a stand in early October.

Members voted overwhelmingly for strike action in protest against Secretary of State’s Chris Grayling’s plans to privatise 70 per cent of the Probation Service.

Ian Lawrence, Napo general secretary, said: “We strongly believe, along with other criminal justice agencies and experts that Chris Grayling’s plans will undermine public protection and put communities at risk whilst also not providing the service offenders need to turn their lives around.”

South West branch official Richard Wakley said: "The Government is acting recklessly with the safety of the public. Chris Grayling’s untested plans will increase the likelihood of creating more victims in our community.”

He said the plans had prompted alarm and growing concern about the two main companies likely to bid for the service, Serco and G4S who are currently being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office .

“ The changes will result in offenders in Devon and Cornwall, who have been convicted of robbery, domestic violence and other violent offences, being supervised by private companies who have little experience working with offenders and whose first concern is making a profit.

“If the proposals go ahead local partnerships critical to offender rehabilitation will be threatened and increase in local crime levels are expected to rise”, he added.

Last week three Probation Trust chairs wrote to Chris Grayling to voice their concerns about his plans and the possible risk of harm to the public if they go ahead.

Gillian Wilmott, the Chair of Derbyshire Probation Trust, spelled out her fears that the fragmentation of the Probation Service would lead to an increase in preventable serious attacks and deaths.

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  • josdave  |  November 05 2013, 8:58AM

    Will this government never realise that there are some things that should not be the subject of profit. We are already being ripped off by privatised utility companies, many of them foreign owned, and here they are at it again. Leave it as it is.

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  • Saferforyou  |  November 04 2013, 10:29PM

    This isn't about working conditions or wages. It is about the Government placing members of the public at risk. Justice should not be for sale.

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  • KeepProbation  |  November 04 2013, 9:03PM

    FAO - Jeremy Badger. 70% of Probation officers are at risk of losing their jobs because the government plans to hand over their jobs to firms such as SERCO and G4S. This is not a strike over pensions or pay. Its a strike over keeping the public (YOU) safe. We are trying to keep dangerous criminals managed by those who are trained to do so and not under the supervision of those who are in it for profit! If you value your safety, please sign the petition null

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  • JeremyBadger  |  November 04 2013, 8:25PM

    More public servants with their noses in the trough, let them all have the same working conditions of employment and the same wages as anyone else, they don't know when they are well off, like the firefighters and teachers. If I had their salaries and pension rights I would keep my head down and say nothing, retire at fifty? You Must Be Joking! Get a life you skivers.

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