I'd like to remind readers and contributors to this blog that, although there may well be justifiable anger and frustration with the Napo 'top table' and their unwillingness or inability to acknowledge there are serious problems, people should think carefully before pressing the 'publish' button. I'd appreciate it if we stick to a forensic examination of exactly what has gone on, and is still going on, in the admittedly vain hope things might improve.
I am not at all surprised by this email sent today, which amply demonstrates how easy it is to turn attention towards ill-advised comments on this blog and hence away from the key underlying issues of systemic dysfunctionality within the union:-
Whilst it is fully accepted that social media can offer an additional platform for Napo members to exchange views and offer ideas about the direction and governance of their union, the Napo Officers Group, who formally act as the employers of Napo staff on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC), are seriously concerned about the increasingly personal and abusive comments in relation to Napo staff which have appeared on social media. These have been brought to our attention by a number of concerned members and representatives of the Trade Union for Napo’s employees.
In our view, such forms of communication are not only totally unacceptable but are directly contrary to one of Napo's stated aims and values, of treating people with mutual respect and dignity. We wish to make it clear to all members that Napo staff are hardworking and committed individuals who should not be subjected to anonymous abuse and derogatory comments. If members have concerns or particular issues about Napo as an organisation or any individuals employed by it, there are clear and democratic channels for raising these, and we ask that they should be properly utilised in a transparent and attributable manner.
Yours in solidarity,
The Napo Officers Group
4th September 2015