Pride in our heritage

Conference is concerned that we continued to be classed as a staff association within certain sections of the police service. UNISON is a Trade Union and as such we should take pride in our heritage, Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to: 1) ensure that the term Trade Union is reflected in all dealings with […]

Police Staff Council (PSC) Handbook – Section 5 – Return to work after childbirth

‘Conference notes with concern that the provisions in Section 5 of the Police Staff Council Handbook, covering the right to return to work after childbirth, are no longer fit for purpose in the light of recent trends in employment. Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to negotiate with the PSC to update the Handbook in […]

Safeguarding our Pay Award

‘Conference wishes to congratulate the SGE on achieving a successful outcome to the Police Staff Pay claim. The current economic climate continues to put a strain on the finances of our members and their families. The agreement will assist in alleviating some of that hardship in particular for our low paid members. Conference acknowledges that […]

PRIVATISATION WITHIN THE POLICE SERVICE

Conference notes with concern the increase in “partnership working” within all of our public services, which is masking the reality of outsourcing, and undermining the excellent value for money service already being provided by our members. Within the Police Service this is steadily increasing, however at the end of February 2009 Cleveland Police announced that […]

DON’T DITCH DEMOCRACY:

Conference welcomes the new structures on bargaining and supports the needs of the union to create a vibrant and flexible organisation that genuinely and effectively reflects the needs of its members, We want to develop our structures so that they are more relevant to our members but part of doing that is to ensure appropriate […]

TIME FOR TIME

Conference we believe our members are disadvantaged in some forces, when they elect to work overtime for time in the book instead of for payment. If the member elected to work overtime for pay they would be in receipt of remuneration at either time and half or double time. However when it comes to working […]

EXTENDED USE OF VOLUNTEERS

This Conference is increasingly concerned about the expanding use of volunteers within Police Forces. We believe that the current economic climate and the impact of stricter budget controls will give Forces an excuse to consider using volunteers in more strategic capacities. Conference recognises this as a significant threat to established Police Staff posts and calls […]

Police & Justice Service Group

Conference welcomes the decision of National Delegate Conference to approve the establishment of a Police and Justice Service Group. Conference calls upon the Service Group Executive, in consultation with representatives from the National Probation Committee and other sectors within the proposed new service group, to develop proposals on the constitution of that new Service Group, […]

Workforce Modernisation and Flexibility

Conference welcomes the ongoing work by the NPIA and other key police stakeholders to take forward the workforce modernisation agenda. Conference believes that workforce modernisation holds the key to improved job opportunities, careers and job security for police staff in England, Scotland and Wales. Conference notes the results of the Deloittes’ Interim Report on Evaluation […]

Merger of the Water and Environment and Transport Service Group Executives

Conference welcomes the decision of the NEC to approve the merger of the Water and Environment and Transport Service Group Executives. Conference notes that the Executive’s planning for the merger of the two service groups was unavoidably delayed while the NEC consultation on the review of service groups took place. Consequently there has not been […]

Joint Negotiations in the Environment Agency

Conference will be aware that within our service group, there is an Environment Agency (in England and Wales) Sector Committee. Additionally, there is a formal collective bargaining mechanism that is enshrined in the framework of the National Negotiating Group (NNG). From this joint group, there is a joint agreement called the Trade Union Recognition and […]

Imposition of Pay Awards

This Water and Environment conference congratulates Scottish Water branch on industrial action taken in opposition to an imposed pay figure by their employers which led to an acceptable pay offer. Other branches in Water and Environment are encouraged by this development and call on the national officers to produce a guidance document to assist branches […]

Working Time Directive Opt Out

This Water and Environment conference notes the recent European Parliamentary decision to end the potential for opting out of the Working Time Directive. To ensure compliance when this becomes a reality all Water and Environment branches are encouraged to enter into early dialogue with their employer. This conference further calls on appropriate materials to be […]

Barriers to attending LGBT Conference

Conference notes the importance of our union’s conferences, both in their democratic policy making role and also for the way they inform and inspire activists to return, re-energised, to their local union work. Conference notes with regret that only a minority of water and environment branches send delegates to the annual UNISON lesbian, gay, bisexual […]

Water and Sanitation as an Essential Public Service and the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

Conference welcomes UNISON’s publication of the report ‘Sewerage Works’ and confirms its belief that sewerage has the potential to make a significant contribution to the sanitation needs of the many thousands of people living in urban squalor throughout the developing world. Water and Sanitation services are essential for life and it is universally accepted that […]