Date: Friday 2 October
Scottish Police Authority / Police Scotland Opinion
Survey - UNISON Statement
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 of the survey are not a surprise? to UNISON and
the UNISON members who work in the service. The fact that over
50% of staff responded demonstrates the massive interest employees
have in getting their opinions and voices heard.
George McIrvine, UNISON Police Staff Branch Secretary said: "UNISON
has said for a long time that there are major issues that need
addressing. The fact that only 9% of staff believe that genuine
engagement will result from the survey is deeply concerning. ?33%
of staff indicating that they intended leaving the organisation
is indicative of a workforce who feel neglected, undervalued and
under stress. Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland must
act on these outcomes."
Gerry Crawley, UNISON regional organiser and lead negotiator
for police support staff in Scotland said: "The Scottish
Police Authority and Police Scotland have received a clear message
from UNISON members who work in the service and are committed
to delivering an excellent service to the public in Scotland.
And the message is this: Don't under value our roles, don't ignore
our issues, listen to our opinions and act on them.
Gerry Crawley added: "Communication is a key area for UNISON
and for UNISON members. 23% of staff who responded said that they
found out about changes to their role through the media. This
is totally unacceptable. The Scottish Police Authority and Police
Scotland must improve communication with its staff and UNISON
will ensure that this is a priority going forward."
Gerry Crawley added: "One of the most concerning statistics
to come out of the survey is that only 8% of staff thought the
organisation was genuinely interested in staff wellbeing. This
must change. And quickly. UNISON will raise this directly with
the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Chair of the Scottish Police
Authority and ensure it is a key priority for the new Chief Constable
of Scotland as well"
George McIrvine, branch secretary of UNISON’s Police Staff
Scotland Branch, 07842 542 677
Gerry Crawley, regional organiser for UNISON Scotland, 07958
Danny Phillips, UNISON communications officer, 07944 664 110
/ 0141 418 0824
UNISON represent police support staff, and it is the biggest
trade union in Scotland