North East probation staff set to strike over pay

A Unison picket line.
A Unison picket line.

Probation workers in the North East are to stage a new phase of industrial action from next week as part of their campaign for better pay.

Following the breakdown of pay talks at ACAS, probation service Unison members across the region will walk out on strike from 9am to noon on Monday.

There will be picket lines set up at probation offices in Eslington Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, Warwick Street, Gateshead, and Albert Road, Middlesbrough.

This will be followed by a period of working to contractual hours from Tuesday, September 15, until Friday, October 2.

Unison regional organiser Peter Chapman said: “No Unison member takes strike action lightly.

“This dispute is evidence that probation staff are appalled at how they are being treated by their employer.

“It’s no surprise that members have rejected an offer that is worth nothing for the vast majority of probation staff.

“Hard-working probation staff were denied a one per cent pay rise in 2014.

“Probation staff have been put through the mill over the last 12 months to deliver the Government’s misguided Transforming Rehabilitation programme. They deserve a decent pay rise.”