Police staff will be pleased with new powers, less so that volunteer colleagues will get the same, says UNISON
Extra powers for police staff that will help them be more effective in their jobs in the fight against crime are good news for local communities and bad news for criminals, says UNISON today (Wednesday).
But while welcoming the Home Office announcement about new powers for police staff, UNISON has voiced concern over government plans to give similar powers to police volunteers.
Commenting on the announcement, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Police Staff will be pleased that they are to get new responsibilities and powers that will stand them in better stead when it comes to fighting crime in our towns and cities.
“This is something that Police Staff have long wished for and means that in future they will have a range of powers at their disposal that will ensure they can get the job done more quickly and more effectively than before.
“But it’s a huge mistake to do the same for volunteers. Volunteers cannot be deployed to tackle serious crime in the middle of the night, and they are free to absent themselves from the workplace at any time, because they have no contract of employment. This makes volunteers totally unsuitable for police forces that need to know they can turn out staff in an emergency.
“Having cut police budgets relentlessly, the government is clearly pinning its hopes on a volunteer army to plug the huge gap left by the loss of so many dedicated and skilled police staff. Ministers are making a big mistake.”
The annual nomination period for UNISON representatives is upon us, therefore I have attached the nomination forms and the document explaining the roles. We are particularly interested in nominations for the following roles;
If where you work does not have a UNISON Steward and you want to speak up on behalf of your colleagues where you work then you should consider becoming a UNISON Steward. Our Stewards are vital to us! We will provide you with all the training you need to undertake this role and as we have a partnership agreement you have the right to paid time off for this training. It’s a good learning opportunity and starting point to get involved in the union. If you want to know more please contact either myself or Lindsay Egan.
Completed form(s) to be returned to THE RETURNING OFFICER, UNISON Office, Courtland Road, Hull, HU6 8AW by 1500hrs on Monday 4th January 2016. Forms received after this date/time will not be accepted.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will likely take place in early March 2016, but further details will be sent in the new year with exact location and time table.
Discount to Humberside Police Staff
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UNISON WELCOMES “NO POLICE CUTS” ANNOUNCEMENT
Branch Secretary Tony Green said:
“I welcome the announcement by the Chancellor that there will be no cuts in police budgets for the next five years, but in doing so I must remind people that we have already lost more than 500 Police Staff including 60 PCSO’s from Humberside Police since 2010 – a lot of good people in the name of austerity”.
“We will never truly know what changed the Chancellors mind; whether it was political or professional voices or the tragic events in Paris, but what we do know is that we could not take any further cuts, which I have been clear about”
“The devil is certainly in the detail so we now need to let the dust settle to see what exactly this announcement means for Humberside Police and our members going forward to 2020.”
“We still have much to fight for as the vultures circle in the form of G4S and mergers with other forces, but for now I am grateful that Ihave not had to release a very different statement that I had prepared.”
HUMBERSIDE POLICE STAFF UNION WARNS GOVERNMENT ARE GAMBLING WITH PUBLIC SAFETY
Branch Secretary Tony Green of the UNISON Humberside Police Staff Branch warns ahead of this week’s comprehensive spending review announcement that the police service cannot cope with further cuts.
UNISON has grave concerns for its Police Staff members and local communities if the Government goes ahead with the announcement to cut police budgets between a further 20 and 40%.
UNISON Branch Secretary Tony Green said:
“Further cuts of 40% would be devastating for Humberside Police and the consequences unimaginable, but even at the lower end - 20% - the force would have to seriously think about how it provides a reduced service to the public and how that would look”
“The Governments continuous attacks on police budgets are pushing forces and our Police Staff members to breaking point and quite frankly they cannot take anymore. They are struggling with staff shortages, increased workloads and the constant pressure from ministers to keep crime down”
“We have already seen the number Police Staff posts reduce by over 500 since 2010 and expect to lose a great deal more than that if this Government does not seriously rethink cutting police budgets and gambling with public safety in the name of austerity.
“Our members perform a huge variety of roles within Humberside Police and make up nearly 50% of the entire workforce. Roles include Police Community Support Officers, Contact Officers, Crime Scene Investigators, Intelligence Analysts, Custody Detention Officers and Radio Dispatchers through to Administrators and Cleaners to name but a few. Many providing vital front line policing.”
“We have already raised our concerns with a number of local members of parliament and will be meeting with others, but we would urge the public and community groups to raise concerns about the impact of these savage cuts with their locally elected representatives and elected Police and Crime Commissioner”
“We understand that the cuts are not of the Chief Constables or Police and Crime Commissioner’s making, but we believe police leaders across the country should be speaking up now before one of the best police services in the world is reduced beyond recognition”
“In 2010 the Police Staff establishment was over 2,000 in Humberside, but now we have just over 1,400. By 2020 we expect to have less than 1,000 Police Staff under current saving plans that could reduce even further. Nobody can convince us that such huge staff reductions will not have an impact on the service we provide. No amount of restructuring, partnership working or mobile technology can compensate for the loss of these police jobs.”
Please note that UNISON Office extension 5080 (01482 808080) is no longer in use due to various issues, but mainly because of the amount of calls we receive for a taxi from the residents of Hull (note the direct dial number!). New numbers are;
Tony Green on 5022 (01482 808022)
Lindsay Egan on 5025 (01482 808025)
We are not in the office a lot these days and have no office staff so it is always best to contact us via email first then our mobiles if urgent. You can visit our website for details further contact details.
You should now be aware that the force is entering into a period of 45 days consultation for Police Staff for a new corporate shift pattern. Consultation for Police Staff finishes on Saturday 21st November, so we want to ensure that members views are fully represented in good time prior to this date.
Please can those members who currently operate under the corporate shift pattern complete the survey below. This will help us to represent members views and provide the force with a response. Please complete the survey before Monday 9th November 2015.
If you have any questions or concerns outside of the survey please contact either Lindsay Egan or myself and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will be publishing the link for the survey on the intranet and on our external website so it can be accessed outside of work.
This week we had the chance to speak to UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis about our concerns over cuts to Police Staff in Humberside Police. Branch Secretary Tony Green explained the severity of the cuts and how this will impact on local communities. UNISON Steward Rich Whelan from Osborne Street Police Station also spoke to Dave Prentis about his role as a PCSO and the concerns he has about the impact of these cuts to PCSO's.
UNISON General Secretry Dave Prentis is hoping to visit our branch and meet members in the next few months.
Members who are in receipt of working tax credits and/or child tax credits are encouraged to read the attached Police Staff bulletin on how the government’s proposals to reform tax credits will impact on the household incomes of Police Staff who currently receive these credits.
To try to get the government to change its mind, UNISON has launched our ‘Don’t Take the (Tax) Credit’ campaign. You can find full details of the campaign here: https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/drop-the-2015-tax-credit-cuts/
Members who find out that they are going to be adversely affected are encouraged to e-mail their MP to tell them just what the impact of the tax changes will be on their family incomes. This facility is available via the link above.
If you require further information or support please let us know.
The Prime Minister used a keynote speech on Friday 11 September to argue that despite difficult decisions ahead to rebalance the economy in the forthcoming Spending Review, the government will continue with an ambitious plan to improve services and deliver a “smarter state” that works for taxpayers.
He announced that the government will continue to streamline more services. Legislation will be introduced to enable the police, fire and ambulance services to combine back-office functions, IT and procurement to save money. Police and Crime Commissioners will take over control of the fire and rescue services, with the Mayor taking control in London.
Read the full announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-vision-for-a-smarter-state
TUC national demonstration at Conservative Party conference
On Sunday 4 October 2015, trade union members and supporters will march through Manchester, taking a clear message to the Conservative Party Conference about their Government's damaging programme of austerity and their attacks on the rights of working people and their unions.
Your branch executive committee have voted unanimously to support this action and any member who wishes to join in, so if you are interested in joining us then please let me know before 18th September 2015 so we can organise transport.
Some points to consider;
· Attendance is not in works time.
· Reasonable out of pocket expenses are available to members.
· Assemble 12:00 in Manchester. Rally 13.00. March 13.30.
UNISON Steward Richard Whelan from Osborne Street PS and myself will be attending on behalf of our branch along with any other members who wish to attend.
If you have any questions then as always contact me anytime.
Please be aware that the UNISON office phones (5080 and 5025) are now working again, although if you do not get a reply please email us or contact us on our mobiles (link below).
We find ourselves in the office less and less these days as we attend meetings and meet with members across the force area. We do not have any office staff.
We are pleased to announce that Workplace Steward and Branch Welfare Officer Lindsay Egan has been elected as Assistant Branch Secretary by the branch committee.
Lindsay is currently a PCSO in Hull and will begin her full time secondment to our UNISON office on Monday 14th September 2015.
I am looking forward to working with Lindsay as we have a lot to do!