CONTINUITY, EXPERIENCE, LEADERSHIP
My election (one of few GS’s from the BAME community), came when TR was on the horizon threatening to destroy Probation and Napo amidst concerns over the future of CAFCASS. You showed trust in me to defend your profession and I want to see this job through.
Political opinion has damned Graylings vandalism. It will be a while before Probation returns to public ownership but I intend to help us get there.
- 'Strategy For Growth' better member engagement, new ICT, training and support for reps,and state of the art communications. I oppose any notion of merging with another union.
- Probation pay reform means ending gender pay discrimination, decent pay rises for all and quicker movement up the pay scales. This must also apply to Cafcass and PBNI members.
- Collective bargaining Labours leaders say their Government will restore this and scrap the TR contracts. I believe them; but meanwhile I’ll work with all politicians for a community focused, desistance driven probation model, free from the CRC’s and the still Prison-centric HMPPS.
- Campaigning my work has included many television and media interviews, professional seminars, public rallies and oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee. I have shown my ability to promote the values of the profession and win respect for your work.
- NPS A Licence to Practice. Ending the shambolic management e.g debacles on pay, pensions, Market Forces, SSCL and AP DWNC. I worry that the OMIC project is another disaster. Its’ disgraceful that our VLO member’s role has been denigrated when victims are abandoned by this Government.
- CRC’s TR has failed; CRC’s are broke despite the £340m bail out. I will work to protect members and vital services, but will gladly help the privateers to hand back the keys. I want an end to the risks posed by unsafe operational models.
- Cafcass I will continue arguing for the resources for FCS to engage with Ministers and the Judiciary on the LASPO review and initiatives against DV, as we maintain our campaigns against high workloads and the scandal of Litigants in Person.
- Northern Ireland The current political impasse is a worry for our PBNI members and the plans to change terrorist-related supervision arrangements are unacceptable. I pledge support to our members in that struggle.
- Diversity I have supported Women in Napo, the Black Members Network and partnership with Staff Associations. I am proud of our work before and after the Lammy Review. The Stephen Lawrence commemoration and ‘Windrush’ scandal plus Brexit linked abuses of immigrants, Muslim, Jewish and LGBT communities shows we still have problems. My experience of racism motivates me to resist all discrimination and hate crime.
I have the experience and work ethic that will help us win through, and a proven record of leadership under pressure (see more in NQ8 and the Napo Magazine). It would be a privilege to serve you again.
Endorsements John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor, Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Laura Richards CEO Paladin, Jo Stevens MP
The General Secretary role within NAPO is not a job to be taken lightly. It comes with immense responsibility. The individual must possess the attributes to take criticism, the physical and mental stamina to remain resolute no matter how hard it gets and must be able to take pressure from all directions whilst retaining absolute loyalty to the Union’s membership.
Probation and the Family courts staff in England and Wales have faced many harsh realities in recent years most notably through the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda, Privatisations of essential work to the 21 Community Rehabilitation companies, workloads spiralling out of control leading to a deprofessionalisation of the essential work whilst also seeing pay, terms and conditions erode away. Now is the time for unity in the face of adversity.
I have worked within the Criminal Justice sector for 15 years as a Prison Officer. From day one of working in the sector I recognised the importance of belonging to a trade union and having a voice to shape and mould the future. Whilst there is much I would need to learn if successful I do understand how important your work is from my own personal experiences and having forged close relationships with some of NAPO’s senior figures through joint trade union and political activity. I also had the privilege of addressing your AGM in 2016 as National Chair of the Prison Officers Association.
You need a General Secretary with the necessary experience and the determination to succeed. I believe I have those necessary attributes having previously led the POA and having a proven track record of successfully negotiating settlements using various methods. These successes were achieved during periods of austerity and culminated in improvements in many areas for the benefit of POA members. I believe I will be able to generate a proactive and ambitious agenda for change working collaboratively with your elected Officials. As your General Secretary my priorities would be;
- Fight for ‘proper’ and ‘fair’ pay and rewards.
- Make NAPO a more campaign driven Union engaging members at every level.
- Use media highlighting our plight to the press.
- Forge political relationships to influence change across parties.
- Build the visibility and influence of NAPO.
- Restructure the Union to ensure efficiency and long-term sustainability.
- Educate and empower representatives at every level to ensure quality representation.
- Be open, honest and transparent in all that NAPO do.
- Campaign for better terms and conditions for our members.
- Increase Union membership and stressing the importance of belonging to a Union.
- Visit area branches listening to the issues and problems at the coal face and formulating strategies to address those issues.
A vote for Mike Rolfe is a vote for the future of NAPO.