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I had my third redundancy interview on Friday and will formally join the ranks of the discarded and no longer required early in July at the end of my statutory notice period. I am a mere sprog and stripling of 16 years service in the Probation Service (as it will always be in my head). However, I will leave with wonderful memories of amazing dedicated knowledgeable people and also, like most I suspect, a delight in leaving behind some sociopaths, pychopaths and downright unpleasant people. Many of whom have made a comfy career in higher management pretending they give a shit.
For those who know me, there will of course be a leaving do, perhaps more than one. For those who don't, apologies across the board if they are needed. Finally (for now) keep up the good fight one and all. Hold in your sometimes tired hearts the knowledge that what we do is worth the pain and as Dylan Thomas said, 'Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'
I love your description of comfy careers I think we all know at least 2. Carry on the good fight mate.
So sad ... I left the CRC in January and am back in the NPS in a prison probation role .. And it's the best thing I've done .. Love my new role .. Good luck for the future X
Good luck for the future. Glad we were able to meet up.
Good luck for a happier future outside of this mess.
Good luck - I know it's a weird feeling but personally I can say that leaving was a great move for my family, my stress levels and my happiness! Best wishes love xxx
I don't know you but felt from your post a sadness. You like so many deserve so much more then a meeting and probably a very small cheque. This is your career your profession. I'm not a qualified PO I'm a PSO with 26 years in but the Probation Service as was runs through my blood. It's what I do it's part of my identity. We await our fate in HIOW. I don't blame the companies at all they do what they do because they're allowed to. I blame Grayling and the TORY government. I wish you well in your future and pray for an end to the privatisation of everything under this government. Sad times for all xx
I agree with you about Grayling and the tories with their devotion to the 'private better than public' ideology with no evidence to support this and much to the contrary. However, we shouldn't forget the contribution to this by 'New Labour' with the dreadful Offender Management Act with it's weasel words like 'contestability, offender and management' as if people are mere entries on a balance sheet.
Good luck for the future.
Any plans for the future? Hopefully some long needed rest and holidays are on the horizon. Your leaving is a real loss to Probation. Take care mate and remember when one door shuts...eat donuts.
Hi, I have a granddaughter and grandson and my good lady and I are off to Rhodes for 3 weeks in September. I have also made contact with an agency used by some retired colleagues so there are options to consider after a couple of months sleep.
So sad to read more posts from dedicated people who are leaving or being booted out - good luck!
Compulsory or voluntary?
Compulsory. They side-stepped the voluntary stage in the policy claiming no time for a voluntary stage despite a timetable of their own making. Were I a cynic, I might possibly think they wished to cherry pick.
It sucks. Their own policy says voluntary has to be considered first. So disappointed in our union. How can no time be a legit defence? Anyway, you seem like a really decent man with sound politics. I wish you well for the future.
You should appeal.
I'm shocked by multiple redundancy interviews which probably add to the punishment? I can only offer comradely greetings. Such a pity that despite the heroic struggle of NAPO/probation workers - this is how it seems to end. Were "we" to treat clients this way we would never get away with it.
What a loss. If it's any help never met a better SPO, thanks for giving me confidence in myself and the courage to apply for a job by the sea.
Very sad to hear this. Good luck and follow advice.
Very sad but good luck for the future.
Thank you for your honesty!!
You don't know me, but in your Napo forum posts (remember that?) and others placed, you have always struck me as a thoroughly decent individual. Good luck to you.
I'm sorry to hear you're leaving. I wish you all the best for the future. Sad times.
The phrase "Cutting off their nose to spite their face" has never felt more appropriate. They're literally throwing away all the experience they're going to need desperately! However, from your point of view, there definitely is life outside probation. Enjoy your break and all the best for the future.