Probation workers to stage protest in Sheffield

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Probation workers are to stage a protest in Sheffield over plans to privatise the Probation Service.

They plan to gather on the steps of Sheffield City Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday, March 20 to raise objections to Government plans to privatise up to 70 per cent of the service, which helps rehabilitate criminals.

The National Association of Probation Officers and Unison members from across South Yorkshire are expected to take part in the protest.

NAPO members also plan to stage a 36 hour strike from noon on March 31 to midnight on April 1.

Probation staff nationally and locally are being split into either the new National Probation Service, to manage high risk offenders, or to Community Rehabilitation Companies, who will supervise low and medium risk offenders.

Offenders under the current Probation Service are being moved to new supervisors.

A NAPO member said: “This is all to pave the way for private profiteers to make money out of another part of the justice system, putting public safety, local communities, victims of crime and offenders themselves at risk.

“It is our belief that the public will be put at risk by the changes being made.”