DISABILITY LEAVE

Disability Leave is an important agenda for the majority of our disabled members, as without this, through no fault of their own, they are subject to the timebound sickness procedures operated within organisations. We thank the National Disabled SOG Committee for the work that has been undertaken in compiling and distributing the Disability Policy Guidelines […]

DISABILITY EQUALITY – MYTH OR REALITY?

This conference has previously welcomed the Disability Equality Duty placed on employers in December 2006. In particular, the general duty includes some powerful statements on the need for public sector employers and employers with public functions to: ·promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other persons ·promote positive attitudes towards disabled people ·encourage participation […]

SAFE SPACE FOR DISA BLED LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MEMBERS

This Conference is aware of the complexities surrounding disclosure of disabilities and recognises the similarities that lgbt people must face when disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity particularly if they are not ‘out’. Conference believes that disabled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people face homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and affirms the need for […]

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.

POLICE CONTROL CENTRES -V- CALL CENTRES

Conference should resist any measure to compare Police control rooms with commercial call centres. Studies in the USA have shown that there has been an improvement of service to members of the public and improvements to staff retention and morale when police control centre staff are treated as an integral part of the emergency services […]

VOLUNTEERS

Conference notes with disgust the increased number of volunteers in England & Wales. Conference therefore condemns any attempts to introduce the use of volunteers within the Scottish Police Service and force in England and Wales.

PROTECTING MEMBERS IN CALL MANAGEMENT/CONTROL ROOMS

Conference is concerned at the number of members facing disciplinary proceedings specifically in the call management bureau. This is not only down to internal issues but also the amount of complaints being made from the public and therefore members are being investigated under the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Conference feels the main problem is down […]

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.

FACILITY TIME

This conference is aware that motions to previous conferences, namely Motion 5 at the Police Staff Service Group Conference in 2001 and Motion 16 at the Police Staff Service Group Conference in 2005 have raised this issue. Both of these motions raised concerns over the increasing demands placed upon branch officers and those UNISON activists […]