Time for a Police Staff Mobile App

Conference will note that since the introduction of the revised Police Staff Council Pay & Conditions of Service Handbook in April 2017 many of our members continue to struggle to understand their workplace rights. Our members often have to make immediate decisions and will most likely not have quick access to the Handbook and Guide […]

A Call to End Overly Intrusive Vetting Practices

Conference recognises the necessity for all police staff and officers to undergo vetting checks before a career in the police service begins. It is also acknowledged that these checks need to be reviewed at regular intervals, for the safety of staff, the public and the police service. However, many Forces are overreaching their authority by […]

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 […]

Committee for Climate Change report and its impact on energy workers

This conference notes that on 2nd May the Committee on Climate Change set out how the UK could achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This landmark report by a government body has provoked a massive national debate in the last month and promises of immediate government action. Conference believes that UNISON energy workers […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]