Date: 18 November 2009
Staff cuts threat will damage policing - UNISON
UNISON, the union representing police support workers, today condemned
threatened cuts in Strathclyde Police staff jobs and redundancies
as inefficient and discriminatory.
Today's statement to staff by Stephen House, Strathclyde's Chief
Constable, says that savings needed to meet shortfalls in the
force budget of £16m pounds next year, will be borne primarily
by police support staff rather than by police officers. UNISON
says that this would be inefficient and discriminatory.
Dave Watson, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Policy said: "This
is a return to 1970's policing, most forward looking forces are
looking to expand the role of support staff to release police
officers to tackle crime. The Scottish public want police officers
out on the streets not stuck behind a desk doing support work.
If Mr House is looking for efficiencies, then he needs to use
more police staff to do the important support work - not make
UNISON also suggests that this move is potentially discriminatory.
Dave Watson said "The bulk of police staff are women, whereas
the bulk of officers are men. We are anxious to see the Equality
Impact Assessment that the force has to produce for any major
The union - who represent 1500 staff working for Strathclyde
Police - has made it clear that they will fight any attempt to
make staff compulsorily redundant.
Dave Watson said " UNISON recognises the difficult position that
the force is in, but to ask for staff co-operation in delivering
efficiencies at the same time as threatening them with losing
their job, is not something we can accept."