‘Minority’ Report – stand firm, appeasement will invite aggression!
At the Annual General Meeting in 2016 members voted overwhelmingly to campaign to defend national collective bargaining across probation. This was a clear message to the Officers and General Secretary to:
- Cease any discussions then taking place to establish separate negotiating structures
- To launch a campaign amongst members in support of the collective negotiation structure
How should Napo respond?
Napo has always been a member led union and in order to test the strength of resolve to fight it was agreed to hold an indicative ballot. Whilst turnout wasn’t as high as some might have hoped, it was significant and emphatic:
- almost 4 in 5 who participated said they would be prepared to take strike action to defend national collective bargaining, and
- a staggering 9 out of 10 said they would vote for action short of a strike!
- Rally the members
- Recruit more members
- Show the employers we mean business by entering into dispute
We have written this ‘minority report’ to counter the official bulletin sent out by Napo HQ which attaches our names to it and puts an unprincipled gloss over what was a contentious decision to go into local negotiations. There are seven people holding officers roles, two of whom are the Co-Chairs. When the decision about the next steps was finally taken two of us voted to continue to pursue a campaign opposing the demise of national collective bargaining.
You can now provide the bedrock to safeguard our terms and conditions for the future.
Insist our union opposes the race to the bottom:
- Send messages opposing the appeasement strategy to the Chairs email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Produce a branch motion censuring the decision to enter local negotiations.
Chas Berry, National Vice Chair (Probation)
Chris Pearson, National Vice Chair (Finance)