Has everyone posted their letters or else we will have to go to plan 2 which is a walk out. I am ready, had enough waiting for my VR, I cannot do this job no longer, I feel as if I am having the life sucked out of me by delius and by those newly appointed managers who are trying to make a name for themselves BASTARDS.
I detect a real weariness amongst staff at the start of week three of the TR omnishambles, together with growing irritation and anger between colleagues. There's certainly a lot to get angry about and I share the frustration that nothing seems to be happening to bring the whole pack of cards down.
But my answer is quite straightforward and the intention is to just keep on highlighting the folly and cataloguing the inevitable disaster as it evolves. The evidence cannot be ignored for ever. We have a just case and we all know that this TR omnishambles will have to be sorted out some other way.
The clock is ticking inexorably towards the General Election next year and those contracts are proving mightily difficult to sort out. Bidders all read this blog and sense the MoJ hasn't a clue about our work because they never have answers to the myriad questions put to them. This is a project with a fixed end date. Just like the Olympic Games, it is not a movable feast and cannot be put off because we know for definite when the election will be.
There is no way all this crap can be sorted, bidders placated, IT systems made to work etc in the time frame and especially with this degree of recalcitrance amongst the work force. In my view the defeat of TR will be hastened by hundreds of small individual actions along the lines of the last few months and in order to assist that process, this blog will be here to provide but one vehicle alongside others on the web and elsewhere.
I notice the following has gone out to London Napo members recently:-
TO: NAPO MEMBERS
Members may be interested in this letter which I received today from Ian Lawrence, NAPO General Secretary, in response to my concerns about the letter I received from Heather Munro on her last day as Chief Executive of London Probation Trust.
============================13th June 2014
I write further to our earlier e-mail exchanges and your recent discussion with Sarah Friday Napo’s Link Official for London. Having now heard back from Sarah, I am happy to try and clarify Napo’s views about the letter from the former LPT Chief Executive Heather Munroe’s to you on 30th May 2014 and to confirm why Napo asked all of our Branch Chairs to undertake the action that gave rise to that response.
On the 20th May Tania Bassett, Napo National Official Press, Parliament and Campaigns asked by way of ‘BR62-2014 (URGENT/ACTION Model Letter from Branches) for all Branch Chairs to write to their Chief Executive, and to copy this letter to all local MP’s and to Ursula Brennan, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice.
This specific task was part of the Napo campaign plan, as unanimously agreed at the Napo National Executive Committee meeting in April, which was designed to highlight our concerns about the implementation of TR. Especially focussing on the impact it was (and indeed still is) having on staff, workloads and public safety and to evidence our view (then and now) that neither the CRCs nor the NPS across the whole of the Probation Service, were business ready for the 1st June split.
I would certainly agree that Heather Munro’s response to the letter was, much to my surprise, outwardly personal in its nature and appeared to be vindictive towards you and your BEC colleagues. I have to say that we have not encountered this type of response to our letter from any other former Chief Executives.
Obviously, there was insufficient time before the Trust was decommissioned for any of us to try and understand or challenge the rationale behind the response, but nevertheless I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that in my view, the Napo London Branch has made considerable efforts to represent Napo’s interests in respect of this important aspect of the national campaign, and I do not consider that the steps taken by yourself and colleagues has in any way brought the service into disrepute.
I am pleased to hear that you and the BEC are currently in the process of building a good working relationship with Nick Smart, Chief Executive Officer of the London Community Rehabilitation Company and Sara Robinson, Deputy Director, National Probation Service-London.
I am more than happy if you wish to circulate this letter to your members.
I saw this on Facebook and it made me smile:-