Buxton probation workers took to the streets to protest over Government plans to privatise the service on Tuesday, as part of national 24-hour strike.
Members of trade union Napo picketed outside Derbyshire Probation Trust’s Hardwick Street offices in opposition to justice secretary Chris Grayling’s transforming rehabilitation agenda, announced in May.
Sarah Langley, senior probation officer, said: “We strongly believe, along with other criminal justice agencies, that Chris Grayling’s plans will undermine public protection and put communities at risk. Offenders who have committed violent offences will be supervised by a fragmented private sector whose main interest will be about making profit for shareholders, not protecting the public.”
Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said: “It is disappointing Napo has chosen to strike when we are making positive progress, in meaningful discussions with them and other relevant trade unions as we transfer to the new arrangements.
“This is a strike in favour of the status quo, which is high reoffending rates and no support for 50,000 short sentenced offenders each year who are currently released without any supervision and go on to commit so much crime in our communities.”