Tag Archives: Police Scotland

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UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland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

Scottish Police Authority / Police Scotland Opinion Survey – UNISON Statement

Date: Friday 2 October 2015 The release today (2 October) of the long awaited Staff Survey is a golden opportunity for the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland to genuinely engage with police support staff and for both organisations to genuinely commit to responding and acting on the findings of this staff survey. The findings […]

End the cuts and rethink Scottish policing, says UNISON

Date: Thursday 10 September 2015 UNISON Scotland police staff will call for the suspension ‘all cuts and reforms while we re-think Scottish policing’ at a public meeting in Dundee tonight (Thursday, 10 Sept 2015, 7pm). Shadow justice spokesperson Graeme Pearson MSP is travelling the country speaking to rank and file officers, civilian staff, community groups, […]