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Probation staff set to strike tomorrow
1:15pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Winchester
PROBATION staff across Hampshire will go on strike tomorrow (November 5) for only the fourth time in over 100 years.
Napo, the union for probation and family court staff, will be on strike from midday on November 5-6 in protests against the Secretary of State’s plans to privatise 70 per cent of the service.
Some 600 people work in probation across Hampshire at offices in Winchester, Southamton, Hythe and Lymington.
Last week chairs of the Probation Trust voiced their concerns about the plans citing possible risk of harm to the public should the plans go ahead.
Ian Lawrence, general secretary, said: "These are unprecedented times for our members as they fight to save the 106 year old Probation Service.
“They strongly believe, along with other criminal justice agencies and experts that Chris Grayling’s plans will undermine public protection and put communities at risk whilst also not providing the adequate service offenders need to turn their lives around".
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