Here's last Friday's blog post from the Napo General Secretary:-
MORE ABOUT THAT NPS DOG AND PONY SHOW ON 2017 PAY AND MFS
It’s late on a Friday and I have still to do some work in advance of a full day’s business in Cornwall on Monday speaking with Napo members and meeting the local Police and Crime Commissioners.
I will shortly be issuing another statement to NPS members describing the shambolic state of affairs in relation to that generous zero pay offer from the NPS that I wrote out about in last week’s mail out.
Essentially, Michael Spurr says that he is unable to improve on the position due to Treasury restrictions on exceeding the 1% 2017 pay envelope that we are told he has already spent when factoring in incremental progression and the uplifting of salaries to existing staff in the five NPS ‘red sites’ where higher starting pay is offered. The unions have yet to be convinced that his people have got their sums right. Who can blame us after the SSCL pay and pensions fiasco that is still throwing up fresh cases each week and pay data that is about as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
On MFS they tell us that ‘compliance reasons’ prevent them from progressing any further payments and that they intend to address this as part of a wider set of pay reforms in a business case that has been submitted to HM Treasury for approval saying that they hope to reinstate these payments in 2018/19. Hugely reassuring for new starters and existing staff alike.
Right now those Dogs and Ponies look a lot more competent with their performance.
The true cost of Public Sector Pay depression
I have just received a copy of the IPPR research report 'Uncapped Potential - the economic and fiscal impact of lifting the public sector pay cap' commissioned by the TUC and GMB.
The report demonstrates the returns made to the Treasury through the fiscal and economic impact of raising pay under different scenarios and how this significantly reduces the headline cost.
IPPR's analysis shows that raising public sector pay in line with inflation costs £5.8 billion by 2019/20, but this falls to £3.3 billion after higher tax receipts and lower welfare payments are taken into account – this figure is reduced further when wider economic impacts are factored in.
More to follow on this and the Westminster debate on public sector pay on Monday.
Legal Aid debate in Parliament
A major debate took place this week on the provision of legal aid in the UK. Here is the transcript.
Your personal e-mail address helps Napo to keep you posted
Lots more news to follow later in the week shortly, but another reminder to help you respond to colleagues who say they don’t hear anything from Napo. A personal email address means that we can send material directly to you without employers firewalls and access restrictions getting in the way: and along with my weekly blog posts there are usually a range of members updates and special offers on Napo ‘Extra’ going direct to your personal inbox.
Thanks to the reader for forwarding the following that also went out on Friday:-
The Probation trade unions have been in a long running dispute with your employer Aurelius/Working Links for over 20 months. This letter explains the position we are now at following every effort by your local and national representatives to get industrial relations back on track; but which despite the intervention of ACAS, are at a stage where we now need to consult with members to receive direction on our next steps.
Napo members standing together in UNITY in defence of your jobs, fair pay and safer communities.
CRC NewsWhat’s the real picture across Working Links CRCs?
Past and recent history shows just how Working Links treat you with disrespect. To remind you, this dispute has been brought about by:
- The employer’s savage cuts programme; which has resulted in the loss of more than 50% of jobs across the 3 CRC’s while the operational model is still unfit for purpose.
- A failure to consult with the unions in accordance with National protocols especially over the terms and mechanism of the abysmally handled EVR scheme.
- Failure to engage properly over workloads and employee wellbeing using well established policies that will benefit the staff and the employer.
- Failure to engage and explain the Operational model that we predicted would result in serious deficiencies in service delivery.
Following the last set of talks brokered by ACAS in the summer, it became clear that there was little appetite amongst senior management to engage properly with the unions. This followed an impasse over a proposed Memorandum of Agreement on Unpaid Work Services which it had been hoped would result in a settlement on this important issue that would have given both sides some confidence that we could make progress on other areas of the dispute.
When the unions asked to know what the company’s plans were to rectify the multitude of problems identified by the HM Probation Inspectors report into service provision in Gloucester, we were told that the cause of this damning report (which highlighted the incredible efforts of staff) were absences due to maternity leave, insufficient staff being in post and that there were higher than usual levels of sickness absence.
Any hopes of further progress at that stage were dashed by this incredible response and since then Working Links have failed to respond to the trade unions request to open a separate “no strings” dialogue on future pay and reward for their staff.
It’s time to pay up and engage with the unions on Pay!
The astonishing revelation that Working Links/Aurelius have been paid additional funding by the MoJ of £4.2 million for this financial year (part of a four year package reportedly worth £277 million to shore up the 21 CRCs in England and Wales) has caused understandable anger among many members who are struggling to pay their bills. The details of this settlement were not brought before Parliament, and the unions nationally have already raised questions in political circles. I have brought this to the attention of the ongoing Parliamentary enquiry by the Justice Select Committee into the dreadful Transforming Rehabilitation programme which, as Napo predicted 4 years ago is falling apart at the seams with your employer being amongst those with the worst track record on effective interventions and public safety considerations as recently evidenced in the BBC Panorama programme to which I contributed.
In light of this news, the unions have demanded that the employer should reward all of its staff and engage with us in urgent ‘no strings’ talks on 2017 pay and beyond and future arrangements for securing our members jobs.
We need to get a better understanding of what our loyal Napo members think about the situation and your willingness to move to the next stage of this long running and unnecessary dispute. Napo and Unison are holding (and planning to hold) a series of consultative meetings for our members across the three Working Links CRCs.
So far, I am speaking at the following meetings and look forward to seeing as many of our members there as possible and maybe you can encourage non member colleagues to come too as they will be very welcome:
Monday 4th December - Bodmin Probation Office 3:30pm (this will be after my meeting with the local PCCs)
Friday 8th December - Weston Super Mare appx 10:30 Friday 8th December 1:00 tbc Bristol UNISON offices
Please contact your local Napo CRC reps to find out more about the dispute and upcoming meetings as these are arranged.
DDC CRC: Dino Peros and Denice James
BGSW CRC : Ceris Handley
Wales CRC: Pen Gwilliam, Ian Jones, Migden-Sue Roberts and Lisa Robinson