Here we have the latest jont statement from Napo, Unsison and GMB:-
For distribution to all trade union members across the three Working Links owned Community Rehabilitation Companies
No to Job Cuts...yes to fair play for staff… probation trade unions standing up for !
27th October 2016
DISPUTE LATEST - Unions first to engage with ACAS
In last week’s joint unions report we had indicated that following the interim determination by the National Negotiating Council Joint Secretaries, we were pleased to take up the invitation to participate in urgent mediation through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to explore whether a resolution of the dispute was possible.
A union team met with ACAS In London last Friday and we had hoped that further communications about the dispute with the Working Links/Aurelius owned CRC's would have awaited some outcomes from the ACAS brokered talks. Unfortunately we feel obliged to clarify our position in light of some misleading information issued by the employers this week.
Our view on the Voluntary Severance scheme
Our request to the employers to pause the processing of the applications that some staff have made to leave under this inferior scheme to the EVR arrangements that have been awarded to other staff, is not about trying to cause uncertainty but is about us taking up a principled position to defend jobs and seeking to secure a fair level of compensation for people who have decided to leave their employment.
That's the role of a trade union, and so is exposing the fact that the Voluntary Severance Scheme on offer from Working Links/Aurelius is a blatant attempt to denude some of their workforce from their just entitlements. The suggestion that this is some kind of favour to staff to avoid compulsory redundancies is a bit rich, since the unions have been consistently urging the employers to invoke the existing NNC agreed redundancy policies (which include a number of steps to avoid redundancies) as far back as last year. The only response from the employers to this request has been to serve notice of their intention to review the best of the three CRC policies. If this is a signal of an intention to water this down then the unions will obviously resist such a move.
Operational model is 'safe' - or is it?
Again we were disappointed to see from recent communications that the inference could be drawn that it is the unions fault that discussion on the efficacy and development of the Operational model have been curtailed because we are not attending at local JNCC Meetings or the previously regular Joint Union Meetings.
The fact is that the introduction of this unproven model, which threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of our member’s has been clouded in controversy and confusion with mixed messages being issued within each of the CRC's about it being the subject of agreement with the unions. We have made it clear any number of times that in the wake of a number of Serious Further Offences across the CRC's owned by Working Links/ Aurelius that have recently attracted the attention of national media outlets, we are not prepared to nod the model through without it being subject to rigorous scrutiny ideally through an independent arbiter.
To put it more plainly, we believe that the Operational Model is costing our members jobs, diminishing the future capacity of the three CRC's to provide even a basic service to clients and, until we see cast iron evidence to the contrary, represents a risk to public safety.
We will be taking our views on the above issues and many more that have been articulated in our previous communications into next week’s talks with ACAS, and we will issue more news as soon as we are able to. The above statement has been issued by the probation trade unions to confirm our position in response to the misleading announcements that have again been issued by senior Working Links management. This is especially unfortunate while both parties have agreed to explore whether we can resolve the dispute through ACAS.
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We have no problem in restating that the dispute between the Working Links/Aurelius CRC's and the probation unions is about protecting jobs and public safety and ensuring that if some jobs have to be lost then individuals are entitled to the same compensation as already paid to other staff. This is among the many reasons which illustrate why it is more important than ever that staff across the three CRC's belong to a trade union.