Shift Rostering and Work Life Balance

Conference believes that Police Staff have the right to a reasonable work life balance and to be able to plan their lives accordingly. Shift workers within the Police Service often suffer from poor rostering and forward planning. Often our members are given short notice changes to their shifts because of major planned events, sickness or […]

We Are A Trade Union

Conference is dissatisfied with the continued classification of UNISON by our employer and other sections of the police family as a staff association. UNISON is a trade union and as such has statutory rights and status at law. We as trade unionists are proud to be part of the labour movement and are proud of […]

Operational Police Staff Supervisors

The Home Office’s insistence that Police Staff no longer hold the position of supervisor is of great concern to Conference. This is particularly evident with PCSOs and Enquiry Desk Officers. The Home Office believes that Police Officers and Sergeants can fill this void. They hold the view that local beat officers may handle operational direction […]

Citizen Focussed Policing and The Closure of Police Stations to the Public

The loss of direct services to the public and the loss of jobs of our members concern Conference. The citizen focussed policing initiative has seen the closure of police stations to the public with Police Staff either being re-deployed or under the threat of redundancy. This initiative which aims to provide a more accessible service […]

Women’s Activism in the Police Service

Conference is concerned that police branches may be having some difficulties in encouraging women activists and women’s participation in branch activities. As the largest trade union in the UK with one million women members it is important to ensure that women are represented at all levels of the trade union. It is recognised that the […]

Vetting of Police Staff

Conference notes the increased intrusiveness of vetting, especially financial vetting of Police Staff. Conference also notes that local forces are trying to implement their own vetting procedures but there are no nationally agreed procedures. Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to: 1)provide support and information to branches on how to resist the implementation of local […]

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Police Staff Participation

Conference is appalled at the timing of the trial/pilot in merging of Police Staff Conference and Seminar, to coincide with the closing of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Conference. This raises significant participation and confidentiality issues for Police Staff members who identify as LGBT and are not ‘Out’ within the work place or […]

Police Staff Discipline

This Conference notes that the issue of Police Staff discipline has been discussed at previous conferences and still needs clarification. It also notes that they are often treated like criminals on occasion resulting in unnecessary stress and distress. Frequently criminal and discipline investigations overlap with privileged information being released into the discipline arena without the […]

Motion 35 2004 – Older Shift Workers

With reference to Motion 35, 2004 ‘Older Shift Workers’ the Service Group Executive were asked to take forward this motion and report back to our membership in full the progress made towards achieving the goal. Conference is dismayed that no report has yet been given. This Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to: 1)report back […]

Single Non-Emergency Number

Conference is aware of the imminent implementation of the Single Non-Emergency Number, by 2008. Conference should be aware that the creation of this number could have a detrimental effect on police staff working in Police Control Rooms, or Police Call Handing Centres. With all public calls, except emergency calls being fed into a call-handling centre […]

Short Term Funding

Conference notes with increasing concern and alarm that the Service Group Executive has failed to implement any of the motions raised on this issue in 2004 (motions 11 and 27) and 2005 (motion 20) on short term funding particularly with regard to Police Community Support officers (PCSOs). Government funding for PCSOs, Custody Officers and Volume […]

Pensions – Fighting for our Retirement

Conference recognises the right of members in Energy to retire on a decent secure pension. Conference expresses its concern that some Energy Companies are attempting to eliminate or worsen early retirement provisions to the detriment of members. Conference believes that all employers should be required to offer an occupational pension scheme that employees should automatically […]

The Disability Equality Duty

This Energy Conference welcomes the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 which will impose a new Disability Equality Duty upon energy employers from December 2006. We believe these duties could help reconstruct a barrier free society and provide equality of opportunity for the millions of disabled people who are in work or wanting work but who need […]

Developing an Effective LGBT Equality Strategy for Energy

Conference welcomes the growing recognition of the need to combat discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) workers and the agreements reached with some energy employers to integrate work towards LGBT equality into their equality programmes. Conference further notes that some energy employers are seeking to introduce monitoring of workers’ sexual orientation and / […]

Blood Donations in Energy Workplaces

Male Energy members who work in the electricity and gas industries who have tried to donate blood have found that the National Blood Service has a ‘blanket’ ban in place against men who have ever had sex with other men, and so they are advised in their workplaces that their blood will not be accepted […]