Leeds Socialist Party members visited picket lines at the Magistrates Court and Waterloo House in Leeds in support of probation workers taking part in a 36hr strike over privatisation of the probation service.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
Pickets explained to us their anger at this reckless action, which with spiralling costs effectively means that taxpayers money will be going to subsidise private companies taking over a public service that those currently delivering it are perfectly capable of. Nine million has already been spent in consultancy fees alone! One former NAPO member who had been retired for 20 years even came out to join pickets at Waterloo House.
At Magistrate courts, the listings had been much reduced in anticipation of the disruption the strike was causing. Pickets there leafletted those going into the court and those passing by, determined to spread the message about the destruction Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, was wreaking to their service.
Tomorrow, strikers will be leafletting in the city centre where other local trade unionists are making plans to join them.
Please sign their petition against privatisation – http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-risking-public-safety