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Probation officers to stage 24-hour walkout on November 5
PROBATION officers have announced a 24-hour walkout over controversial plans to privatise up to 70 per cent of offender manger.
Members of the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) will go on strike on Tuesday, November 5, following a ballot earlier this month when 84 per cent voted in favour of industrial action.
The strike is a direct response to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's proposals to privatise 70 per cent of the probation service.
A package of £450m-worth of contracts has been offered to private and voluntary sector organisations, covering the supervision of 225,000 low and medium-risk offenders each year on a payment-by-results basis.
Mike Quinn, of Napo’s Northumbrian branch, said: "The decision to take strike action is not one taken lightly by Napo members.
“We have huge concerns about the privatisation of the Probation Service and the catastrophic consequences this could have on public safety, and feel we have no option but to strike to demonstrate our opposition to these plans.
"Communities across County Durham and Teesside deserve to be made aware of the dangerous plans the Coalition government are imposing.”
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