The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On

Conference welcomes UNISON’s submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into ‘The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On’. Conference notes with concern the following statistics on the representation of Black staff within the police workforce set out in our submission to the Committee: 1)The proportion of Black police staff and in particular Black Police Community […]

Pay Progression is a Contractual Entitlement

This Conference notes that at the point of transfer of probation staff to Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) on 31 May 2014 the “National Agreement on Staff Transfer and Protections” provided that “the CRCs and NPS will adopt the existing Agreements on Pay and Conditions of Service for all staff”. […]

Police forces at pride events

Conference notes that increasing numbers of police forces sponsor or support their local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Plus (LGBT+) pride events, seeing them as opportunities to build confidence in the community, showcase their commitment to diversity and equality, and recruit new staff. Conference believes that Pride events offer a similar opportunity to UNISON police and […]

PCC’s and Precept Increases 2019

This Conference notes that the Government raised the maximum amount that the Police Precept portion of Council Tax could be increased by. The majority of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) therefore used this offer from Government to increase their Police Precept by this increased maximum amount. Many PCCs used the justification that it was to […]

Two Bites of the Misconduct Cherry

Conference notes the practice of many Police Professional Standards Departments using evidence gathered for the purpose of a criminal investigation during internal misconduct proceedings of Police Staff Employees. Conference is appalled at this practice. Conference believes the data and information gathered for the purpose of a criminal investigation should not be used for any other […]

No place for profiteers in Probation

The privatisation experiment of Transforming Rehabilitation has shown that there is no place for profiteering in Probation services. Many of the Community Rehabilitation Companies ran into trouble very quickly as a result of unachievable contracts which inevitably lead to reductions in staff, service quality and standards. Conference should be reminded that all of these Probation […]

Away from Home Overnight Allowance

The Police Staff Council (PSC) Handbook 2017 introduced payment of an overnight allowance payable to police staff in certain circumstances. Sadly many months after its welcome inclusion in the handbook the circumstances under which the allowance can be paid remains unclear in many police forces. Conference therefore calls for those entrusted to negotiate with the […]

Bring All of Probation Back Into Local Democratic Control

This conference notes the Government’s decision to bring all offender management work currently carried out by privately owned Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) back into the public sector from the Spring of 2021. This is an admission that the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) reforms have failed despite the best efforts of CRC staff and some CRCs […]

Negotiating disability leave policies with Police and Justice employers

Disability leave is time off from work for a reason related to someone’s disability. It is an example of a reasonable adjustment which Police and Justice employers have a duty to provide to disabled staff under the Equality Act 2010. It is different to sick leave – in many cases the worker is not actually […]

Police and Justice employers and Workplace Adjustment Passports

Conference notes that although disabled workers are legally entitled to reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010, some Police and Justice employers continue to delay or seek to avoid implementing reasonable adjustments. In particular adjustments agreed with one manager may disappear when staff move teams or change managers. Some employers have implemented workplace adjustment passports. […]

Facility Time Shambles

Effective organisation. Effective representation and effective negotiation can only take place when we have effective trade union facility time agreements. We have again seen the Private Sector Probation Services put the National Probation Service (NPS) to shame, with their facility time agreements and their negotiating structures. The NPS are fettered by Cabinet Office Guidelines on […]

Remember Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy (EVR) and Other Broken Promises?

During Transforming Rehabilitation (TR1) UNISON worked extremely hard to protect staff during the split and staff transfer. We managed to secure a staff transfer agreement to ensure additional protections to the staff transfer scheme and an Enhanced Voluntary Redundancy scheme to remunerate staff who were asked to leave the Probation Service. We are now facing […]

Shame on YOU, End Low Pay in Probation NOW

When it comes to low pay, the Private Sector Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) have put the Civil Service to shame. The vast majority of CRCs have abolished Band 1. They have got rid of a pay scale that would have paid staff less than the minimum wage. The National Probation Service (NPS) on the other […]

Maintaining the pressure on sexual harassment

Conference commends the Service Group Executive (SGE) for its successful campaign on eliminating Sexual Harassment in policing. Working in partnership with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), the union has been able to establish strict guidelines and standards for the police service. As with most things, there is often a flurry of activity and interest […]

Race Religion and Belief a new strategy

There is now more than ever a need for our service group to refresh its strategy on Race Religion and Belief. The representation of BAME members in branches, regions and national bodies is woefully poor. UNISON operates a system of self-organised groups for Women, Black members, Disabled members and LGBT members. This system is well […]