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Probation workers plan protests over privatisation plans

Over 100 Probation staff will protest over privatisations which they say could possibly put the public in danger. Workers will hold rallies between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday 19th September. Warwickshire staff are due to demonstrate outside the Northern Justice Centre in Nuneaton and rallies will also take place outside the the southern Justice centre in Leamington.

Union members from NAPO, Unison and GMB will also join together for the protests. The protests will coincide with the Chris Grayling is expected to formally invite tenders for the Probation Service.

Dave Adams, chairman of the Warwickshire Branch of NAPO, stated: ‘“The plans are being rushed through and no thought has been given to detail. Privatising probation services is a disaster waiting to happen. This decision will compromise public protection and put the general public at risk. The government’s decision is ideologically driven.

Serco and G4S are in the running to take control of the privatised probation service.

There is fear of cuts of up to 30 per cent and believe job losses will be inevitable if probation is privatised. Concerns have also been raised about the supervision of released prisoners.

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