Tag Archives: Police Scotland

Post Legislative Scrutiny of Police & Fire Reform

This is the UNISON Scotland response to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee’s call for written views on Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012. UNISON opposed the legislation for reform of police and fire & rescue services. In particular, we noted that the proposals failed the Christie Commission principles of […]

UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’

Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the “massive scale of the problem of violence against public sector workers”. UNISON’s annual Violence at Work survey published today (Friday 20 October) reveals a further increase in reported assaults on […]

Policing in Scotland 2026 UNISON response – May 2017

  UNISON Scotland Response to Consultation on Policing 2026: Serving a changing Scotland Police Scotland & Scottish Police Authority May 2017   Introduction  UNISON Scotland represents the police staff who work alongside officers as a vital part of the police team. Our police staff provide a wide range of skills and specialisms in order to deliver […]

Emergency fire controls mergers or outsourcing a ‘no go!’

#stuc2017 The STUC will oppose any attempts by the Scottish Government to outsource emergency fire control rooms or to merge them with other emergency services. Seconding the FBU motion, UNISON’s George McIrvine told delegates that UNISON Scotland is surprised that even the thought of ‘closer working’ between each of the police, fire and ambulance emergency […]

UNISON to meet with Justice Secretary to try and avert strike ballot.

Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Police Scotland intransigence over police staff pay negotiations has caused a major industrial relations breakdown with UNISON. UNISON is meeting the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, on Monday 16 January 2017, to try and avert a pending strike ballot. Talks with Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland broke down […]

UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland

This letter to UNISON members explains why we have notified Scottish Police Authority and Police Service of Scotland that we will not participate in today’s Joint Negotiation & Consultative Committee (JNCC). Employers are refusing to table discussions on pay claims, department restructuring, police station closures and a £20m black hole in the police finances. UNISON have […]

Briefing 079 Bargaining – Police Best Value – July 2016

KEY POINTS: Police Scotland is failing to provide Best Value because of unrealistic targets to maintain an arbitrary minimum number of police officers while cutting back on efficient and cost effective police staff who deliver vital specialised and skilled functions Police reform has resulted in centralisation which undermines local control and effective decision making Police […]

A balanced workforce for policing that delivers

Since the establishment of Police Scotland police staff have borne the brunt of a process of centralisation, budget cuts and politically driven targets. This process has been bad for policing, bad for communities and bad for staff. UNISON Scotland calls for policing in Scotland to be properly resourced with a balanced workforce responsive to locally […]

Treasury raid on National Insurance will cost Scottish public services hundreds of millions

New rules regarding National Insurance Contributions will see a quarter of a billion pounds cut from Scottish public sector budgets in the coming year.  These rules were proposed by George Osborne in 2013 but come into force in April this year. This is in addition to the public service pension changes announced in last week’s […]

Response to SPA Review of Police Governance Dec 2015

UNISON Scotland Submission to the Review of Governance of the Scottish Police Authority December 2015