Multinational outsourcing firm Sodexo have put 436 probation jobs across England at risk of redundancy, in six of the community rehabilitation companies it now runs, following the chaotic, untested and entirely ideological privatisation of probation services earlier this year.
Napo, UNISON and GMB strongly oppose Sodexo’s plans to reduce the workforce and call on Sodexo to honour the Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy (EVR) scheme that was underwritten by the Secretary of State prior to the privatisation programme.
The plans will result in poor community supervision and pose a significant risk to the public. Additionally, Sodexo’s refusal to honour the EVR scheme is yet another blow to staff struggling to cope with workloads and job insecurity.
To read more, please see the joint press release by Napo, GMB and UNISON.
The issue has been covered in the press, including the Yorkshire Evening Post.