I believe this joint statement from Napo, Unison and GMB was sent to members on Tuesday:-
Further statement to members
re the proposal by Working Links to reduce Voluntary Redundancy Terms
Working Links last week issued proposals to run a Voluntary Redundancy (VR) Scheme on inferior terms to the Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy Scheme that has been made available to some staff.
Despite a claim that this has been the 'subject of consultation' this has not been negotiated or agreed to by the trade unions who have rejected the proposals.
The decision to offer this and the wider issue of the planned job cuts, have now been referred to the Joint Secretaries of the National Negotiating Council and Standing Committee of Chief Officer Grades, to whom the unions and employers will be making further representations tomorrow.
The probation unions met in Cardiff today to review the situation that we have reached in our ongoing dispute with Working Links.
Our clear advice to members is to not respond to the VR invitation until we issue more news. This is on the basis that firstly, we do not agree to the notion of job cuts, or have any faith in the intended operating model, and that the contractors should pay what they owe to staff who may want to leave the organisation using the best redundancy policy across their three CRC’s. This is especially important since no employee asked to be put in this position as a result of the dreadful Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.
Tomorrows meeting in London of the NNC/SCCOG Joint Secretaries will help the unions to formally record our view that consultation and negotiation have been inadequate (or even totally absent) should opportunities arise for third party intervention or legal action down the line.
Stand united against further job cuts
The probation unions do not believe that steps should be taken to reduce jobs whilst we still await the results of the important Probation Systems Review which will be seeking to address the underperformance of CRC contractors.
The unions want an end to the dispute so that we can have genuine dialogue about creating new opportunities for our members to improve services to clients and see their skills utilised to turn lives around as opposed to them being thrown on the employment scrapheap.
If WL and other CRC contractors cannot deliver what they purchased then they ought to give serious consideration to handing the keys back to the MoJ.
The foregoing indicates why it is important to stick with or join a trade union and be part of our combined campaign against further job cuts in Working Links.