UNIONS REGISTER FAILURE TO AGREE AT NNC MEETING – INITIAL ADVICE REGARDING TR ASSIGNMENT PROCESS
This message is to alert you to the fact that at yesterday’s meeting of the National Negotiating Council (NNC) which had been convened to conclude the negotiations on the proposed Staff Transfer Framework Agreement, the Trade Unions: Napo/Unison/GMB SCOOP, have formally registered a failure to agree. We will now be seeking the intervention of ACAS (the Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to assist us in exploring a way forward. We also understand that Unison will now be reviewing their position regarding a potential trade dispute in light of these developments.
Why is there no agreement?
Following last week’s difficulties caused by the issuing of information directly to Trusts (which had not been seen by the Unions), the genuine efforts of Probation employers and the Trade Unions were once again cynically undermined. On the last available day for negotiations, new information was presented by a senior MoJ Official which would have caused significant detriment to members. This prevented the NNC from actually debating the substantive Framework Agreement which was on the table and resulted in a situation where, by the close of business at just before 7:00pm, it was simply not possible to reach an agreement thereby forcing the Unions into the position described above.
What happens next?
It now seems certain that Trusts will seek to implement the instruction from the Secretary of State to impose the unagreed (non NNC version) of the Staff Assignment Process. This will either automatically assign staff to the proposed National Probation Service (NPS) or the proposed Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC’s) or ask you to make an expression of interest. We have previously issued advice to Napo Branches about registering a Local JNC dispute if this should happen. If you are in any doubt about this process Branch Officers should make immediate contact with their link Official and Officer. Keeping lines of communication open will be critical at this time.
If you receive a letter or email regarding the imposition of the staff split, DO NOT DO ANYTHING YET.
We will be sending fresh detailed advice to all members over the next two days to explain the situation in more detail with a summary of the dangers, and advise you how to respond, as a result of this precipitate action by the MoJ under their reckless Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.
- Continue to follow the previously issued advice on industrial Action short of Strike Action, and await more news on further industrial action
- Take no action in response to letters issued to you by your employer concerning the staff assignment process and advice your Napo representative if you are subject to duress.
- Ensure that your Napo Branch registers a LJNC dispute in the event that such letters are issued
- Discuss this situation with non-members and stress the importance of joining a trade union
Ian Lawrence Tom Rendon
General Secretary National Chair
21st November 2013