Opinion: 10 reasons why the civil service can’t do probation

The centralisation of probation has proven to be disastrous, argues UNISON national officer for police and justice Ben Priestley

Operation protect: probation workloads campaign

Taking the shackles off probation 

UNISON’s Operation Protect campaign demands urgent action on probation workloads in order to protect the public. By Janey Starling

Behind the headlines, Magazine on the Magazine site.

Soaring probation workloads put the public at risk, warn unions

Probation can and must do better with the right levels of investment.

Police and justice conference

Delegates pass key motions to protect probation workers

Several key motions were passed at UNISON’s police and justice conference on providing security and support to members working in probation

UNISON says probation reunification needs proper funding

The union was giving evidence to Westminster’s justice select committee’s inquiry into the future of the service

Unions urge immediate protection of Black probation workers from COVID-19

UNISON and sister probation unions tell National Probation Service there is no time to waste in safeguarding their Black/BAME members

NPS confirms it cannot pay probation staff 2020 increment on time

Unions in England and Wales demand talks with the National Probation Service after it fails to get sign-off from the Treasury

Probation unions submit two-year pay claim

Unions says that for most employees, pay and allowances have only risen by 1% in real terms since 2009

Patel’s terrorism plans mean more resources needed for probation

UNISON warns that money will need to be provided in this year’s budget and spending review

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UNISON welcomes probation report

Report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation bears out what the union has said

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Government pushes ahead with transfer of Welsh probation staff on 1 December

UNISON had called for transfer to be delayed until February while negotiations on terms and conditions continue

One service, pay scale and bargaining structure

Conference calls for return to national bargaining in reunited probation service

delegates holding up voting cards at the 2019 police and justice conference

‘Don’t let them dim our lights’

Conference prepares for the organising challenge facing the union as government admits error of its ways on probation

‘We need to get the message out about the need to invest in public services’

Assistant general secretary Christina McAnea issues rallying call to police and justice conference

May is bloomin’ magic as our wins grow

From Birmingham to Bangor, from Doncaster to Sandwell, UNISON members were winning in May – and their union was growing stronger too