Media Attacks on Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

This Conference notes with extreme concern: ·On 7 October the Sunday Express published the names and photographs of the two Greater Manchester Police PCSOs who were on duty at the time of the tragic drowning of a young boy. ·Despite the statement issued by Great Manchester Police supporting the PCSOs conduct, and the Coroner’s verdict, […]

Recent publicity on Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

The last few weeks have once again seen adverse publicity surrounding the role of PCSOs. The way that the media portray PCSOs is nothing short of appalling. This inaccurate reporting is once again fuelled by the Police Federation. Again it appears that the truth is not allowed to get in the way of a story. […]

FREE NATIONWIDE TRAVEL

The Government included in the 2006 budget the introduction of free local bus travel for pensioners and disabled persons in April 2006 and free nationwide bus travel in April 2008. The implementation of the free local bus travel in April 2006 has not been consistent. Local schemes have been implemented but with many anomalies and […]

Police Staff Pay Claim 2007

Conference notes with concern the failure of the employers’ side of the Police Staff Council (PSC) to engage in further talks with the trade union side. The meeting of the 5th October 2007 was cancelled stating “a need to consider pay movements elsewhere in the public sector”. The pay award was due on 1st September […]

Volunteer Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

The interim Flanagan report makes recommendations for the introduction of volunteer PCSO. Conference is committed to the principle that jobs and tasks within the police service be undertaken by paid employees and where this is not possible, volunteers do not substitute or undertake the work of paid employees. The recommendation to introduce volunteer PCSO is […]

PAY POLICY

This Conference rejects the Government’s stated 2% public sector pay limit which would mean an overall reduction in our members’ earnings and standard of living, while private sector increases are running at 4.5%. With pressure from the Chancellor to keep public sector settlements close to the consumer price index (CPI), the key themes for public […]

STANDARDISATION OF ANNUAL LEAVE

Conference is seeking standardisation of annual leave entitlements. All Forces currently have different agreements and with the introduction of PCSOs and the possibility of them being covered by National agreements, which will include annual leave, it is possible that this will result in a 2 tier or inequitable annual leave system amongst Police Staff. We […]

CODE OF ETHICAL PRACTICE

Conference notes attempts by the employers side of the PSC Scotland to introduce a code of Ethical Practice within the Scottish Police Service. Conference opposes the introduction of any code of Ethical Practice in Scotland that intrudes upon the private lives of UNISON members, their families or friends.

WITHDRAWAL OF SELF CERTIFICATION

This Conference is concerned at the increasing prevalence for Police Forces to implement the right to withdraw Self-Certification under Absence Management, Capability and Discipline Policies and Procedures. Police Forces either withdraw the employee’s right to Self Certify or demand a GP’s certificate during the first seven days of absence to confirm that the employee is […]

ACCESS TO WORKFORCE MODERNISATION TRAINING

Conference applauds a pathway of Workforce Modernisation that gives extra powers, roles and responsibilities to Police Staff. However, there is no Training or Awareness Course available to UNISON activists on the methodologies used to bring about Workforce Modernisation. Conference therefore instructs the Service Group Executive to: ·Recognise that Police Staff need to be trained and […]

ANNUAL REPORT

This Conference accept the Police Staff Service Group Executive Annual Report.

Recruitment of Retired Members

Conference notes that regions and branches monitor their membership figures for working members on a regular basis in order to inform an ongoing recruitment campaign. However, there is no such process in place for retired members. Conference therefore calls on the National Retired Members’ Committee to: 1)carry out an audit of the total number of […]

Equalities and Diversity

Conference notes that UNISON is a union committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity, and that these principles underpin all our organisational structure, policies and practice. These principles are enshrined in our nation rule book. Rule B1 Aims and Objectives, 1.2 and 1.3. Rule B2 Union Democracy, 2.3. They apply to all the union’s structures, […]

Insurance Cover for Retired Members on UNISON Business

Conference notes that, until recently, retired member officers and representatives, in common with all other UNISON officers and representatives, had UNISON insurance cover whilst on UNISON business. Conference now understands that cover for retired member officers and representatives have ceased under new arrangements. Conference instructs the National Retired Members’ Committee to ensure that insurance cover […]

Cold Weather Deaths

Conference is concerned that the campaign to turn down heating thermostat settings conflicts with the advice to keep a warm home. Conference requests the National Retired Members Committee to seek, through the National Executive Council, assurances from the Government, and other interested bodies, that clear advice relating to elderly people is included in future heating […]