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Jonathan Ledger

Postby JoePublic » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:27 am

In the interests of of openness and transparency I think members should be told a little more about the circumstances that have led to our General Secretary's departure.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby JoePublic » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:54 am

For information:

http://union-news.co.uk/2013/02/breakin ... n-twitter/

Unconfirmed reports say general secretary Jonathan Ledger has resigned from NAPO.

Jonathan Ledger late last night tweeted: “You may have noticed I’ve been quiet. Sadly, I have taken the decision not to stand for re-election as Napo’s GS and have now stood down “Can’t say anymore but want to thank everyone on Twitter. I hope to tweet again some day. “I may not be in my role but my support and solidarity will remain with Napo members and the work of Probation and the Family Courts. “Keep up the fight for what we all value and believe in. My very best wishes to you all. Farewell.”

His Twitter account has since been deleted. There is no formal announcement on the NAPO website. Jonathan Ledger became General Secretary of Napo in June 2008. He is Napo’s chief negotiator and is the union side Secretary of the National Negotiating Council for the Probation Service. He is a member of the Executive of the General Federation of Trade Unions and a member of the Justice for Colombia National Committee. Jonathan was National Chair of Napo from 2000-2002 when he was appointed the union’s Assistant General Secretary with responsibility for negotiations and trade union organisation. Jonathan started his career as a Probation Officer in Hertfordshire in 1984 before moving to London where he worked in Hackney, Camden and Tower Hamlets. He spent some years as a specialist Sex Offender worker and, more generally, worked with high risk individuals in prisons and the community.
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Re: Jonathan LedgerI received this Email

Postby Tolkny » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:06 pm

I received this Email yesterday at 20.28

TO: All Napo Members



On behalf of: Lisa Robinson & Tom Rendon – National Co-Chairs







Dear Member



Following the end of a difficult employment tribunal, Jonathan Ledger has decided not to re-apply for his job as Napo$B!G(Bs General Secretary and has now ceased his employment with Napo.



Jonathan has had a long career with Napo and we thank him for all the work he has done for members and wish him well for the future.



The National Officers and Employer$B!G(Bs Sub-Committee have conducted a recruitment and selection exercise and we are very pleased to announce that Ian Lawrence has been appointed as Acting General Secretary. He started in his new role as of yesterday, 4th February 2013.



There will now follow an advertisement and open competition for the substantive role.



Best Wishes,





LISA ROBINSON & TOM RENDON

NATIONAL CO CHAIRS


I hope the website will be updated very soon, but anticipate the very small Napo central team is under great time challenges right now.

My thoughts go with all whose lives are going through major changes.

Thanks to Jonathan, welcome Ian Lawrence.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby JoePublic » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:46 pm

What is a 'difficult employment tribunal'? The latest missive from Napo is politburoesque. These people are employed by the members of this union. All we get is the king is dead, long live the king.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby robpalmer » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:35 pm

And sometimes that should be enough.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby JoePublic » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:58 pm

Enough for whom? Enough for the members who pay the wages and running costs of this union? There is a lack of transparency here and there should be a fuller explanation, including any financial costs if there has been a settlement. This is a trade union funded through members' subscriptions, not a secret society, even though some may prefer to behave as though it is.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby robpalmer » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:54 pm

That accountability is through the NEC, not a public forum or website. People are accountable but they also have rights to be dealt with using established procedures. I trust my elected representatives to do the right thing and don't meed them to defend every decision taken on my behalf.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby spider plant » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:53 pm

Rob's right. Jonathan has a right to confidentiality regarding his HR issues whatever they are.

I would like to say that I'm very sad this has happened. Of course the timing is terrible but to lose someone like Jonathan would be terrible at any time. He was a huge asset and I had a lot of respect for him.
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby Tolkny » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:24 am

I agree with Rob, if you have got questions ask them of your NEC reps at your branch meeting - Jonathan was a professional colleague back to 1989 at Camden but nothing is for ever - he lasted longer than me!
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Re: Jonathan Ledger

Postby JoePublic » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:54 pm

I regret your sententious replies which I regard as complacent. This story is already out there in the media, Mail Online, Telegraph, Lee Jasper twitters scornfully...

A general secretary is not like another employee: it's a public role. Napo's reputation is already being damaged. Maybe this is an opportunity to clean the Augean stables instead of pretending it's business as usual. There should be an independent inquiry into what has happened. A general secretary resigning in such circumstances is serious.
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