The juggernaut that is the One HMPPS change project is continuing unabated. One HMPPS seeks to make efficiency savings of £37 million at HMPPS HQ. As members will already be aware, Napo (alongside our sister unions – UNISON and GMB) is implacably opposed to this initiative as we believe it will lead to the demise of our Probation identity and culture, and will inevitably result in the assimilation of Probation into the Prison Service.
Your National Officers and Officials have been inundated with a huge amount of documentation, and have been asked to attend meetings at short notice, so that the employer can maintain the façade that they are engaging with the unions on this civil service-led bureaucratic restructure. It is a classic example of the Civil Service shuffling the deck chairs while Probation is sinking under the tidal wave of excessive workloads.
The joint unions have now formally written to the One HMPPS project to put them on notice that we do not agree with their arrangement for consultation through the use of multiple ‘Annex As’. Annex As are used to consult with the unions for normal day to day business between the employer and the Trade Unions. It is not appropriate for use on a major change programme like One HMPPS, which will have far reaching consequences for the Probation Service.
The joint unions have made repeated requests to find a more suitable way to influence and feed into the design of One HMPPS. The employer has responded by insisting that they intend to continue with an approach that is flawed and which does not provide the right environment for any proper meaningful consultation.
Napo will continue to fight for the Probation voice to be heard, and if necessary, we will share our concerns more widely if we do not see a change in approach.