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Letter to my MP this afternoon for what it's worth after the shocking news that MoJ have pulled out of the pay negotiation citing that they have used what money was left to pay prison officers. The moral of the story is, it does not pay to just simply put your head down and just get on with it. We have been too tame and docile, time to start making our presence felt. The POA have shown the way. Action is needed now!!!
Dear Mr Xxxxxxxx
I am writing to you as Member of Parliament for my home area Xxxxxxxxxx. I have been informed by my union that MoJ have decided to freeze our pay once again while prison staff have been offered a 4 to 6% raise to address the immediate problems in the service. As you know we are now one service HMPPS. The probation service has the same pressures around recruitment and falling living standards. We have had a 8 years pay freeze and our pay band system has totally broken down with it currently taking over 30 years to reach the top of the pay scale.
We are generally a quiet work force and usually just get on with our work in the best possible way, despite the disaster of privatisation and the on going problems. Enough is a enough and all staff are very angry. We have been put through massive stress due to the reorganisation. We have very limited resources and everyone is working with unacceptable high case loads despite the important role we play in protecting the public. Nonetheless the government clearly do not value our role despite platitudes. Therefore it is unacceptable we have been treated as second class civil servants.
Please can you look in to this as a matter of urgency with the Secretary of State Mr Lidington and or the government?
I look forward to your response.
Probation Officer of 30 years standing.
What? I thought a deal was done and we were awaiting an announcement!?
We were and then we got that, playing us of against the POA.
It’s like a slap in the face after what we have had to put up with. I think the time has come for drastic action from us union members.
No doubt, after freezing our pay they will pay agency staff instead as they can't recruit anyone. Not cost effective. And why did MP's give themselves an 11% pay rise? Do they have no morals?
We have a number of agency staff in our office.
Not surprised people are going agency. The salary is not sustainable against the cost of living.
Yes they are on better hourly pay.
Regardless of which union we are in, we should Unite to make a stronger force to be reckoned with and take action. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes.
Dean Rogers Shocking though Spurr stealing probation's money to cover his overspending of every other budget is - it's worth noting it is the 2017-18 budget he's knicked. We continue to await news about pay reform monies - a key focus of our planned meeting with Ministers. What this reveals most clearly is worrying grab for probation from prison service. We are not one service and as chaos in SOP showed, the different pension schemes remain a huge barrier. This is a battle about pay but a war about the independence of probation.
It's also about money Dean
Dean Rogers Indeed - without doubt. I just wanted to point out the timing was confusing some. They have stolen the left overs from the 1% increment. We await news on pay reform. Very concerning they're seemingly trying to prioritise prisons over probation on pay though. Incredible arrogance.
Playing us off against each other.
That's giving them too much credit. They're in a panic and going from one crisis to another. Prison' s are their priority because it's their background and politicians worry about it more. But they should have learned by now probation will not be ignored.
Yes cos they are aware that the public know about prisons and not much about Probation. Action must be taken. I’ll do whatever it takes.
Yep, most of the public don't care about Probation; we're just seen as do gooders, sticking up for and providing for 'criminals' whereas prisons keep them locked up where many think they belong. So of course money will go to the prison side. A weak attempt to gain the confidence of the public.
I was expecting something like this. Government has yet to even notice Probation because we, particularly as individuals, keep too low a profile. Not enough of us join the unions. We hide what we do from others which means the public don't understand our role. When we do strike, most if us still go into work or just play catch-up the following day.
Probation needs some publicity, about what we do. We need to raise our public profile and get ourselves in the media.
I'm a bit shocked anyone's surprised. .....they know they can ignore us as the public don't know what we do and don't want to hear about it anyway. Also we don't kick up enough fuss. A handful of us might have the balls to leave, the rest of us will work ourselves into a stress related early grave. I have absolutely had enough of it.
I agree. Perhaps working to rule for all and strikes may demonstrate the important role probation plays in our society.
No parole reports for a month that should concentrate their mind.
No parole reports until they increase our wage!
Or refusing to supervise any one over 100% on WMT.
I might do that.
I am forever writing to my MP about probation. Fed up with it now. So demoralising.