Probation service to strike in protest over Government privatisation plans

The probation office in Avenue Road

The probation office in Avenue Road

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PROBATION service staff look set to go on strike after union members voted overwhelmingly for a walkout over privatisation plans.

Napo, the Probation Union, announced a strike and further industrial action by its members in a protest over controversial Government plans to privatise the service, which could see many serious offenders managed by private companies.

At its AGM yesterday, NAPO General Secretary Ian Lawrence announced the result of the ballot, with a massive 84 per cent in favour of strike action.

Members of the Durham Tees Valley branch of Napo will in the national strike, on a date to be announced.

Napo representative Mike Quinn said: “Strike action is not taken lightly by Napo members, and this is only the third time that such action had been taken in our history of over 100 years. But we believe it is our duty to stand up and protect our well performing service.”