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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UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland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 […]

UNISON reaction to DCC Neil Richardson’s statement to Scottish Parliament

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015 UNISON is calling on DCC Neil Richardson to meet with them to discuss his plans for further job cuts after his words at the Justice Committee of 1st December, wherein he stated it would be wrong of him to say there won’t be further reduction in staff. George McIrvine, UNISON Police […]

UNISON response to the HMICS Independent Assurance Review: Police Scotland – Call Handling Final Report

Date: Tue 10 November 2015 UNISON Scotland welcomes this report. We call on Police Scotland to implement all its recommendations. HMICS has taken into account the high level of pressure that UNISON police staff members work under in the Contact, Command and Control (C3) division of Police Scotland. We hope this report shapes the C3 direction […]