Modernisation Revisited

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2015 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
19 June 2015

The last Labour Government’s workforce modernisation agenda had a proven positive impact on policing in the UK, particularly with regard to community involvement.

However since 2010 the disproportionate cuts to the police and justice budget have had a severe impact on UNISON members and numbers of police staff, including PCSOs have dropped to dangerous levels.

With further attacks on public sector funding on the way it is essential for UNISON branches to continue to oppose cuts and engage forces in negotiations to try and minimise job losses.

Branches have worked tirelessly to keep job losses to a minimum however it is recognised that alternatives such as workforce modernisation will need to be explored further to defend our members against these attacks.

Conference therefore calls upon the Service Group Executive to:

1)Launch a national campaign to highlight the benefits of workforce modernisation;

2)Remind Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables that workforce modernisation is a best value option which will help provide a policing service to the public during continued budget cuts;

3)Conduct a survey of branches to highlight where workforce modernisation is taking place and to share best practice;

4)Encourage branches to raise workforce modernisation with forces as both a viable way to protect police staff jobs and improve the service.