Probation staff walk out over privatisation plans

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Probation officers will walk out at noon in a dispute over plans to privatise the service.

Staff at Preston’s Avenham Street probation offices will be among thousands nationally to take part in the dispute.

Napo, the Trade Union for Probation and Family Court staff, is still in a formal dispute over the government plans to privatise 70% of the probation service which it says will have a significant impact on public safety and public protection.

This is the union’s 5th strike in its 103 year history and its second in relation to this issue.

Ian Lawrence, General Secretary said “the government plans to out source 70% of the probation service is untried and untested.

“It is a dangerous social experiment that we believe will lead to a reduction in rehabilitation and fragment risk management placing the public at risk.”

The strike will continue until midnight.