George McIrvine : STUC conference speech

Dundee, 16 April 2014

President, Congress, Comrades, George McIrvine, UNISON Scotland seconding Emergency Motion 1 - Proposed Closure of Aberdeen Police Control Centre.

ON THE 1ST OF APRIL LAST YEAR THE POLICE SERVICE OF SCOTLAND CAME INTO BEING. THE POWERS THAT BE, TRUMPETING ON HIGH THAT THE NEW DAWN WILL WITNESS A MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SERVICE AND AN ADDED BONUS OF ACHIEVING IN THE REGION OF £1.5 BILLION IN 15 YEARS.

THE SCOTTISH GOVT CROWED ON ABOUT HOW WELL THEY RUSHED THROUGH PARLIAMENT THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES TO POLICING IN SCOTLAND IN DECADES. PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A POLICE & FIRE REFORM BILL, WHERE WHEN IT REACHED ITS FINAL STAGES, A MASSIVE 125 AMENDMENTS WERE PROPOSED.

THE SCOTTISH GOVT ALSO CROWED ON ABOUT HOW WELL IT HAS BEEN PERFORMING, WITH A NOW 40 YEAR LOW IN CRIME.

I REMEMBER LAST YEAR IT WAS A 38 YEAR RECORD LOW, THE YEAR BEFORE WAS A 36 YEAR LOW.

I'M NO MATHEMATICIAN BUT EVEN I CAN WORK OUT THEIR OWN SUMS DONT ADD UP IN ACCOUNTING FOR CRIME.

SO CONGRESS WHAT IS THE REALITY OF THE NEW POLICE SERVICE. IN AMONGST THE CONSTANT STREAM OF 'SOUNDBITES' AND 'GOOD NEWS' FROM THE POLICE SCOTLAND SPIN DOCTORS, LET ME GIVE YOU A FLAVOUR OF WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON, ON THE SHOP FLOOR.

SINCE 2009, 2000 OF OUR LOYAL, HARD WORKING POLICE CIVILIAN STAFF FROM A WORKFORCE OF 8000+ HAVE LEFT THE SERVICE THROUGH EITHER VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCY, EARLY RETIREMENT OR RESIGNING DISILLUSIONED WITH THE SERVICE.

THE REALITY IS THE MAJORITY OF THESE POSTS ARE NOW BEING CARRIED OUT BY UNTRAINED POLICE OFFICERS, PERVERSELY AT A GREATER COST TO THE PUBLIC PURSE.

THE ARTIFICIAL SNP MANIFESTO PLEDGE OF A 1000 EXTRA COPS ON THE PUBLIC STREET NOW SEES THESE POLICE OFFICERS IN OFFICES, CONTROL ROOMS, CUSTODY SUITES ETC NOW REPLACING OUR MEMBERS 'SO CALLED' REDUNDANT POSTS

WHEN WE ASK THE EMPLOYER WHO IS DOING THE JOB OF THE 130 POLICE STATION ASSISTANTS DUTIES WHOSE JOBS HAVE GONE IN THE SERVICE, THE RESPONSE IS FUDGED, AND VAGUE.

WHEN WE ASK OF THE RATIONALE BEHIND CULLING 88 TRAFFIC WARDENS WE ARE TOLD SCOTLAND NO LONGER NEED, THE RESPONSE IS FUDGED AND VAGUE.

WHEN WE ASK THEM HOW THE WORKLOAD OF 40 COURT CITATION OFFICERS WHOSE POSTS HAVE BEEN AXED WILL BE CARRIED OUT, THE RESPONSE IS FUDGED AND VAGUE.

OR INDEED, HOW THE WORK OF THE 1000s of ADMINISTRATORS, WARRANTS OFFICERS, CRIME ANALYSTS, CUSTODY OFFICERS, IT STAFF, CONTROL ROOM STAFF IS BEING COVERED. ETC

THE EMPLOYERS SILENCE IS DEAFENING

OUR POLICE STAFF MEMBERS HAVE HAD ENOUGH, CONGRESS.

THEY ARE SUFFERING MAJOR JOB LOSSES ACROSS THE WHOLE OF THE SERVICE WITH NO END IN SIGHT, WITH ATTACKS ON SERVICE & CONDITIONS AND DESKILLING OF THEIR ROLES ON POLICE SCOTLANDS AND THE SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY'S AGENDA WHILST THE JUSTICE SECRETARY KENNY MACASKILL TURNS A BLIND EYE.

OUR MEMBERS ACROSS SCOTLAND ARE TELLING US LOUD AND CLEAR THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

 

POLICE CIVILIAN STAFF ARE STRESSED, OVER WORKED AND UNDER PRESSURE.

 

THEY ARE FRIGHTENED, ANGRY AND WORRIED ABOUT JOB SECURITY TO THE EXTENT UNISON POLICE STAFF SCOTLAND BRANCH UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO PROCEED WITH A CONSULTATIVE BALLOT OF THE MEMBERSHIP TO GAUGE THE STRENGTH OF FEELING ON POTENTIAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION UP TO AND INCLUDING STRIKE ACTION UNLESS THE EMPLOYER GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER.

THEY GAVE US NO OTHER CHOICE.

THIS COURSE OF ACTION WAS THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH THE SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY AND POLICE SCOTLAND WOULD SIT UP AND TAKE NOTE THAT UNISON MEMBERS ARE NOT PREPARED TO TAKE THE BRUNT OF THESE BRUTAL CUTS ANY LONGER WHILST THE RANK AND FILE HAVE THEIR NUMBERS PROTECTED.

UNISON HAVE ALWAYS CAMPAIGNED FOR A BALANCED WORKFORCE OF POLICE STAFF AND OFFICERS THAT PROVIDES AN EFFECTIVE POLICE SERVICE WHICH IS BEST VALUE FOR THE PUBLIC PURSE.

CONGRESS, WE ARE TOLD WE HAVE NOW GOT A FIRST CLASS POLICE SERVICE FIT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.


HOWEVER YOU CANT HAVE FIRST CLASS POLICING BY TREATING POLICE STAFF AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS

PLEASE SUPPORT


I SECOND

 


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