It's not rocket science of course, has been discussed at length on the blog and been entirely predictable. Experienced probation staff have been leaving the profession at an accelerating rate since Chris Grayling announced the TR omnishambles and we are now in the early stages of a purge and cull as all the other CRC's take action following Sodexo's lead on the staff reduction front.
We know morale throughout is at rock bottom, including NPS as they contemplate what the government's public sector spending review will mean for unprotected departments like justice. Those staff that are left are considering their position, either by applying to fill the many vacancies appearing in NPS, part company with an obviously dysfunctional and ineffective union, or just give up, leave and move on realising that the much-hoped for and promised fair redundancy packages were just a cruel mirage all along.
Now faced with all this, together with the end of 'check-off', I think a reasonable person would expect the union to be galvanised into action, put into crisis mode and taking some decisive action to address the myriad of problems that are self-evident, not least the dissatisfaction levels of members. We know they are mightily fed up in a number of ways:-
- Cancelling membership
- Voting turnout
- Dead Napo Forum
- Blog comments
- Poor AGM motions
- Low AGM registrations
I'm told the last NEC was a 'shambles' with important reports from officers missing. I'm also told that once keen and active members are voting with their feet and deciding not to turn up at Eastbourne this year. To be frank, although utterly understandable and in effect a 'defacto' vote of no confidence in Napo's leadership, it lets them off the hook completely as only a quorate AGM can have a fighting chance of holding anyone to account.
Members have only a few more days to reconsider their attitude towards their union, prove me wrong and register for the AGM. It really is crunch time, both for those who think everything's just fine at Chivalry Road, together with those who don't.