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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 […]

UNISON strongly recommend police staff reject latest pay offer

  UNISON Police Staff Scotland, the branch of UNISON representing Police Support Staff, informed the Scottish Police Authority today (8 December) that they are recommending its members reject the employers pay offer for 2016/17. The offer made by the employer is no better than the the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy and does not meet our […]

Police Budget Inquiry – Nov 2016

This is the UNISON Scotland evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing inquiry into financial planning for 2017/18. This is a challenging inquiry because there is little evidence that the police budget has been sorted for this year – let alone next year. Our submission calls for budget clarity and a reminder that […]

UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland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

Infuencers Briefing 14 April 2016

UNISON Scotland has published its manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections ‘Public Services and the Good Society’. You can download a copy here. The manifesto explains why public services are so important to our communities and the economy. It includes ten ways to strengthen Scotland’s public services, economy and society. We have also published the […]

Questions for election candidates: Balanced police workforce

2000 police civilian staff jobs have been cut with many of them replaced by non-specialist police officers at twice the cost.  £ millions are being cut from police budgets while maintaining a cosmetic police officer number target set by ministers, not Police Scotland. Question: Will you allow Police Scotland to develop a balanced workforce with […]

Public services and the good society

This is UNISON Scotland’s manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. It calls on everyone in Scotland to vote for who they think is most likely to invest in public services. UNISON manifesto says that investing in public services essential if we are to build a sustainable economy and a decent society. We must defend the principles which underlie […]

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 […]

MSP e-briefing – Scottish Budget – Feb 2016

MSPe-briefing – Scottish Budget – Feb 2016 Budget Bill – an opportunity to combat austerity Feb 2016 Introduction This briefing covers the Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill that is currently being considered at Stage 2. As noted, in the foreword to the draft Budget 2016-17, the UK Government’s austerity programme continues. By 2020 public services […]