Radio traffic has dwindled on Twitter with just sporadic outbreaks of fruitless and ill-tempered dialogue between protagonists such as Andrew and Debbie. There's been no word from tailgunner for 24 hours, but Russell Webster stoically tries to keep twitter interest going and still has high hopes for the Justice Data Lab, despite lots of "There is insufficient evidence at this stage to draw a conclusion................"
But in this awful waiting stage I think there's one bit of really good news for the TR omnishambles - Harry is back! I see he's tweeted:-
I have agreed to act as consultant to Napo on the Campaign.Working on amendments to OR bill as a priority and lobbying LDs
As Margaret Thatcher might have put it, 'Rejoice, rejoice!'
PS - Urgent transmission form Napo HQ dated 19/11/13 11:11
As you will be aware, the Probation Negotiating Committee* met yesterday to discuss the current negotiations on the proposed Staff Transfer Scheme. The final day for consideration of the documents takes place tomorrow at the National Negotiating Council. You will also be aware that the Ministry of Justice has directed Trusts to begin the process of the “staff split” and that they will seek to impose a process if there is no agreement.
We must be crystal clear on this point: any attempt to issue letters or guidance about “automatic assignment” or “expressions of interest” by Trusts is a premature move designed to undermine the established industrial relations machinery. If your Trust issues any kind of instruction to members, the branch must repeat this message:
“We decline to engage in this process until the NNC negotiations are concluded on Wednesday 20th November 2013 and the outcome is known.”
Please make it clear that you are refusing to engage on the basis of national advice and await further guidance which will be issued on Wednesday.
This email is a holding statement and will lack much of the information that members are understandably seeking. We appreciate that is a very difficult position for you to be in. The reason for the circumspection is that the MoJ read our emails almost immediately. Locally, hold your nerve and the position will be clearer on Wednesday.
We repeat the message that TR is not a done deal.
Ian Lawrence & Tom Rendon
*The Probation Negotiating Committee is made up of 8 members from across the grade bands and from different branches, together with the General Secretary, Chair, Treasurer, Assistant General Secretary. We were also accompanied by our legal adviser.