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Stop Probation Service Privatisation

Friday, September 20, 2013

GMB Members In Probation Service Step Up Campaign In Protest At Privatisation

GMB will oppose privatisation which will transfer work to private companies interested only in profit and the citizens of this country could be in danger as a result

GMB members employed in the probation service across the country took part in demonstrations during lunchtime on Thursday 19 September in protest at the danger and folly of the Government’s decision to forge ahead and recklessly privatise the service.

Members of UNISON, GMB and Napo held a joint protest to coincide with advertisements being placed by the Ministry of Justice in OJEU - the Official Journal of the European Union - inviting private sector bids.

High on the list of likely bidders are Serco and G4S, both currently under investigation for alleged fraud in the running of previous Ministry of Justice contracts. The privatisation will axe services designed to keep communities safe, as well as introduce potentially dangerous cost cutting measures in the relentless pursuit of profit.

The unions are committed to continuing their opposition and are appealing for public support, urging them to write letters of protest to MPs and sign the on-line Parliamentary petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44403. See notes to editors for joint union leaflet.

Sharon Holder, GMB National Officer said: “The government will privatise the local probation service at all cost; it is an ideological, politically motivated move of no benefit to UK residents. This means that some local probation services will disappear altogether as they are merged prior to privatisation.

Privatisation will axe services that keep our communities safe. It will transfer work to private companies interested only in profit. The citizens of this country could be in danger as a result. GMB will oppose this at every turn.”


Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said: “Probation service workers aim to protect communities by supervising the most dangerous offenders leaving prison. They also play a vital role in rehabilitating offenders so they can reintegrate into society.

The Government’s aim is to wash its hands of any responsibility for maintaining a safe and efficient probation service. This is a risk too far and it is clear that the Government has not thought through the long-term consequences of these reckless plans
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Contact Sharon Holder 07713 508 725 or 0207 391 6700

Notes to editors

Copy of joint union leaflet.
 

PROBATION

Stop the sell off

KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE

The government wants to privatise your local probation service as part of a cost cutting exercise. This means that some local probation services will disappear altogether as they are merged prior to privatisation.

Privatisation will axe services that keep you and your community safe. It will transfer work to private companies interested only in profit. You and your family could be in danger as a result.

Did you know that your local probation service:

• supervises the most dangerous offenders leaving prison to live in this community

• protects victims of crime and speaks on their behalf

• helps to reform offenders so that they can reintegrate into society and stop causing harm to others

• works with the police and local authority to keep you safe

• is a small service, but one which is highly effective and successful in what it does.

All this is now at risk as a result of the government’s dangerous sell-off plans.

Napo, UNISON and GMB are the trade unions representing the probation workforce. We are campaigning to stop privatisation and keep probation as a local service, accountable to local people like you.

If you want to support our campaign and keep your local probation service, you can:

• visit our websites to get more information

• write to and visit your MP

• sign the on-line Parliamentary petition at

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44403

Published jointly by GMB, Napo and UNISON. Printed by UNISON, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. CU/September 2013/21819/UNP 13117/7,500.

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