This blog has a life of it's own and you can never tell what direction it's likely to go off in. The 'names out of the hat' story, apparently initiated by Napo according to Ian Lawrence in his latest blog but disputed by some, seems to have galvanised readers into questioning a lack of any industrial dispute being registered and demanding another ballot for industrial action:-
Jim what about a mass walk out, legal challenge and a lengthy strike action? Enough people read this blog for us all to support each other in this, if we all walked out they can't sack us they will have no staff, and lets face it there's not a pool of staff they can turn to that can do our job.
I'm finding it very difficult not to agree with the increasing view that some form of concerted strike action is not the way forward. Our areas cannot sack us if this is lawful strike action but this would have to come from Unison/NAPO so as to offer the required protection. At this stage I have few qualms about going out for several weeks. I'm at a stage where I do this via strike action or via sick leave. Whilst the latter leaves money in my pocket, the former would give more satisfaction and the loss of a few weeks pay would be more than recompense for the headache we would cause the MoJ (as well as sending a signal to buyers).
Lets do it I say.
I think a strike now of several weeks would do the trick but we need both NAPO and Unison to call one together and perhaps the POA would agree to a work to rule. Surely the unions are talking about this and I can still see Grayling eating rats anus in the jungle. Come on "Lets Get him outta here"
Hear hear. I second this motion. Lets hit the fucker when he's down.
STRIKE NOW!! (Watch the new labourites in Napo panic and tell us why we mustn't do it!)
Here was our opportunity - another own goal by Napo.
"The government is facing the largest one-day strike over pay by public sector workers since 2010 after firefighters announced they would join walkouts planned for 10 July by up to a million local government workers, civil servants, teachers, passport staff and health workers."
£20+ a month in subs for ???? A strategy-less group of people who get paid to sit in an office in London and send emails every now and then, while another gets £70k to write a lame blog. Why aren't we out on 10 July?
Yes lets take industrial action, we must strike, it maybe our only hope to save the service. Com'n unions lets re-ballot and take strike action. There are plenty of disputes starting with the illegal shafting process.
I have engaged fully with every Napo action and truly want Napo to survive. It's NOT the life-wrecking, up-all-night efforts of local activists or officials, its the lack of any nous at the centre that fucks me off. I'm equally irritated by holier-than-thou colleagues who quit Napo and joined Unison, but I know they won't be out on 10 July either. Okay, its a choice, but without solidarity its pointless to have a "union". Clue is in the name, I guess.
"UNISON local government and school support members in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will strike on 10 July."
Is Napo's refusal to join the 10 July action a toys-out-the-pram response?
FBU aren't striking about pay claim, they're continuing their own dispute about pensions. The TIMING is the key. Napo told us they had a mandate to strike without further ballot when we were out on our jack jones last time. As mentioned elsewhere, aren't there enough disputes ongoing?
What about dispute regarding privatisation of probation?
Dispute over no workload management tool
Dispute over the shafting of staff
Dispute over high cases
Dispute over health & safety
Dispute over .....
Agree 100%, we need to dispute as stated above, and go on strike, there are plenty of disputes that the unions can use to call for a ballot to strike, I'm ready. LETS STRIKE.
Why do the unions feel that we are not in dispute? Every person on this blog has highlighted again and again our poor working conditions affecting our health, people leaving the service in huge numbers, the de-professionalization of lots of Probation Officer, names picked out of a hat, shafting of staff, people going off sick due to unmanageable workloads, privatisation of an award winning service recognised by the world, unworkable IT system, and there's lots more, I am sure one of these amounts to us being in dispute. Maybe I'm not good at all this union stuff but people have taken strike action for less than what we are being put through. I thought unions are there to protect us. LETS STRIKE.
It does seem somewhat surprising that, despite this blog providing lots of examples of the scope and extent of the TR omnishambles over the last 5 weeks, Napo appears to have done very little with the information. We know the content is pored over extensively because I'm told the General Secretary mentions it regularly, but what are they doing down there at Chivalry Road with all the information being supplied to that special email address?
Members will recall that a weekly bulletin for Parliament would be produced, but I'm hearing our many friends at the Palace of Westminster feel they are not being briefed adequately. The latest can be found here and some may feel that it fails to reflect priorities or convey the serious operational failures evident everywhere in the Service at the present time.
Of course this could all be down to the dysfunctional nature of the leadership at Chivalry Road that I've alluded to on many occasions before. Hopefully this issue will be addressed by each of the candidates for National Chair as they prepare their election addresses and start campaigning in earnest over the coming weeks.
Someone has got to get a grip on things and demonstrate some real leadership and strategic action because the troops are getting restless. Plenty for the NEC to ponder on then at their meeting next week?