In light of announcements this week on Public Sector Pay arising from the recommendations from various pay review bodies, the Probation trade unions wish to confirm the current position in respect of the ongoing pay negotiations.
Firstly, these Pay Review Body announcements do not apply to the Probation Service where the negotiating process is entirely separate. As you would expect, we will certainly be raising the implications of the above developments with the employer.
Secondly, there was no understanding by National Trade Union negotiators that we would receive a final offer from the Probation Service yesterday. It’s obvious that some Regional Probation Directors (not for the first time), have communicated an inaccurate message to staff in this regard which is seriously unhelpful at this time.
Pay negotiations have yet to conclude and consultation on a final pay offer, once it arrives, will firstly need to be considered by our respective Negotiating Committees. Following this we will be formally responding to senior Probation management and will communicate further with our members.