The cost of living crisis is having a major impact on working people and their families across the UK. This follows a decade of austerity under this discredited government which has seen many workers suffer real term pay cuts along with government sponsored attacks on terms and conditions during that time.
In recent weeks we have seen ballots supporting industrial action take place across a number of unions; these have easily surpassed the legislative requirements of the anti-trade union laws set by the government. Rail Maritime and Transport union members have already taken strike action over their pay, terms and conditions and have announced further dates for action into August. This week came news that ASLEF members are set to do the same. We have also heard that members of the Communication Workers Union have voted massively in favour of strike action. In education, the UCU have also balloted members for action and we have seen members of the Criminal Bar Association withdraw their labour in protest this month at cuts to the legal aid budget. Other unions are also actively engaged in consultation with their members on the possibility of industrial action.
Napo is currently engaged in Pay negotiations with the Probation Service and Cafcass, and following previous indicative (non-statutory) ballots are committed to returning to our members to seek support for industrial action if progress is not forthcoming.
While we await the outcome of those discussions where we will obviously make every effort to secure a decent pay rise for our members, Napo sends a message of solidarity to all of those members of our sister unions who are engaged in industrial struggle.
Napo General Secretary