Date: 3 December 2010
UNISON condemns job losses in forensic services across Scotland
UNISON Scotland has condemned the Government’s decision to cut
74 highly skilled forensic and fingerprint jobs in Scotland.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced his plans for the
future of Scotland’s forensics services yesterday (Thursday),
which will mean a move away from four forensic labs – in Aberdeen,
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee – to two super-labs, supported by
four ‘satellite’ units.
The Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) issued an options
paper to its staff in July this year outlining possible ways of
modernising forensic services in Scotland.
UNISON has consistently argued that the only viable option was
to retain services in all four cities.
UNISON’s Regional Organiser Peter Veldon said: “UNISON condemns
the loss of 74 highly skilled forensic and fingerprint jobs from
the SPSA. The reduction will affect the quality of service in
drug analysis in these areas and across Scotland. We would have
preferred no job losses at present until decisions are made on
the future shape of policing in Scotland and the requirements
needed by the new police service on forensic services.
“We would welcome a genuine review in 18 months, but are concerned
this is code for a future attempt to cut services in Edinburgh