North West Probation Staff Show Opposition to Privatisation

Probation staff outside the Manchester Probation Office, Minshull Stree

Probation staff at the Minshull Street lunchtime rally in Manchester

Probation workers showed their opposition to the Government’s sell-off of this vital public service at rallies across the North West today.

The rallies were held on the day that the Government placed an advert to invite private sector providers to take over the running of the majority of the service.

Ed Massey, a Programmes Tutor, works to address the causes of offending behaviour. At a rainy rally at Minshull Street Manchester he said:

“People aren’t always fully aware of the important role we play in keeping local communities safe.”

“The Probation Service has a lot of experience in helping people to avoid offending behaviour and in protecting the general public. There is a great deal of expertise that could be lost through privatisation.”

“We are fully focused in our work on serving the community through preventing future offending. We do not have to think about making a profit.”

Maria Moss from UNISON North West added:

“The Government’s plans would involve the private sector being responsible for probation services to gang members and sex offenders. This is not work that should be entrusted to private sector companies like G4S and Serco.”

“The Probation Service currently provides an excellent service and works well with other agencies such as the Police and Social Service. The Government’s plan to privatise the service is based only on ideological dogma. It is a privatisation too far, that could put the public at risk.”

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