N30 – Ashton-under-Lyne Probation Office

There was a good response from Trade Union members at the Ashton-under-Lyne Probation Office on 30/11/2011 where Unison members were joined on the picket line by our Napo & Unite colleagues and I would like also like to put on record our gratitude to the managers for supplying hot drinks and toast to keep us warm on such a cold day. The members of the public were sounding their horns as they passed offering solidarity and support of our strike action and many Unison members went on to attend the rally in Manchester. In addition I can report that no Unison members worked at the Tameside Magistrates’ Court along with our Napo and Unite Probation Officer colleagues. A Probation Operations Manager member of District Management had to be summoned to provide cover at Court when reports were requested by the Court.

Melvyn Hackney Unison Assistant Branch Secretary & Steward,
Unison Northwest Probation & CAFCASS Branch.