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Probation Staff in South Yorkshire are members of the Sheffield local gov branch, they are represented by the Probation shop stewards committee:

Larry Whyke       Email: larry.whyke@probation.gsi.gov.uk             Tel: 01142825533
Steve Carroll       Email: steve.carroll@probation.gsi.gov.uk             Tel: 0114 2825561

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Probation service is not fit for purpose (22/06/18)

Commenting on the report Transforming Rehabilitation published today (Friday) by the Justice Select Committee, UNISON national officer for probation Ben Priestley said:

“This shows the government’s probation reforms have failed and must be replaced.

“Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service has shown itself to be totally unfit to be in charge. It’s not only failing to support offenders but putting the public at risk too.

“Probation must now be put back together, returned to public ownership and this privatisation nightmare brought to an end.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON represents 3,000 people working for the National Probation Service (NPS) and the 21 community rehabilitation companies (CRCs), the private firms awarded contracts in 2014 to supervise non high-risk offenders.
– UNISON wants to see reforms including the NPS brought back together, the CRCs returned to public ownership once their existing contracts have been terminated and Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service dismantled.


Probation - Vote YES to protect your T&Cs and Pension (02/01/14)

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We are close to a deal to protect your terms and conditions, if you transfer to the new national probation service (NPS) or one of the commu-nity rehabilitation companies (CRCs) in April.

However, the Ministry of Justice has blocked two very important protections from the proposed staff transfer agreement. That is why UNISON will be balloting you for strike action early in the new year.


UNISON has been negotiating since the sum-mer of 2013 to reach an agreement to protect you in the staff transfer. We do not ask you to take strike action lightly, but we need to persuade the Ministry of Justice that UNISON, and its probation members, are serious about protect-ing pay, conditions and pensions.

On 10 January you will be sent a UNISON ballot paper which will ask you whether you are pre-pared to take strike action to defend your terms and conditions and pension. UNISON is urging you to vote YES, to get the Ministry of Justice to do the decent thing and properly protect your terms and conditions and pension after you have transferred to the NPS or a CRC. A strong YES vote is vital to getting success in the negotiations.

If members vote to support strike action, we will call members out on strike from mid-February 2014. Your UNISON branch/representatives will be consulting you shortly on what you think would be the most effective form of strike action. Please make sure that you take part in the consultation. Your views are important.

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