Probation workers stage two-hour stoppage over pay row

UNISON members are today (Tuesday) staging a two-hour stoppage in England and Wales between 8am and 10am in the ongoing dispute over pay

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The probation employers’ zero per cent pay offer is an insult to hardworking staff who have been put through the misery of the government’s misguided reforms.

“There is still time for the employers to come up with a decent pay deal and avoid further disruption.”

In a ballot that closed in June, 73 per cent of members voted yes for industrial action.


UNISON media contacts:

Fatima Ayad T: 0207 121 5255 M: 07508 080383 E:

Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M:07778 158175 E:


Notes to editors

UNISON represents 4,300 probation workers in England and Wales.


Details of the 2014 probation staff pay offer:

Zero per cent pay increase

A one-off/non-pensionable cash payment for staff at the top of their pay scale, as follows:

Pay Band 1          £300

Pay Band 2          £300

Pay Band 3          £300

Pay Band 4          £330

Pay Band 5          £345

Pay Band 6          £385

All staff received their contractual entitlement to one increment ontheir salary scale.

About 20 per cent of the probation workforce are at the top of their pay scale.

Previous industrial action – planned for 11 June – was suspended to allow pay talks to continue at ACAS between the union and the various probation employers.