Many thanks go to those Napo members who took part in such impressive numbers in the recent Napo and UNISON survey of our respective members who work in courts. The purpose of the survey was to find out our members’ views of the employer’s proposal to require enforcement officers/court officers/court PSOs to prosecute contested breach trials.
The survey showed overwhelming opposition to the proposal on the following grounds from the members who responded. The key results are as follows:
- Only 6% of respondents currently prosecute contested breach trials
- Only 10% of respondents had undertaken the three-day training course to equip them to prosecute contested breach trials
- 91% said that they would object to prosecuting contested breach trials without an increase in pay
- 90% did not believe that their court team had the staffing or resources to take on this work
- 51% said that their court team would be unable to cope with the associated increase in workload and pressure
- 49% were not at all confident, and 41% were not very confident, that they would get the necessary management support to take on this work
- 56% were not at all confident, and 36% were not very confident, that they would get the legal support to take on this work
- 53% were not at all confident, and 36% were not very confident, that they would be competent to carry out this work after undertaking the three-day training course
- 83% of respondents support the creation of a new Senior Enforcement Officer role at pay band 4 or above to take on this work in Regions.
In light of the survey outcome, we have formally written to the employer, pointing out that the proposals do not command the confidence of the staff who would be needed to deliver them effectively, and represent a real and present danger to public safety.
Further engagement is scheduled with the employer next week and we will try and bring members the latest news soon afterwards.