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Breakdown in Police staff relations must be rectified ahead of strike ballot

March 21, 2014 3:27 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP urged the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland to rectify a significant breakdown in relations with police staff. UNISON Scotland today announced it is to hold a ballot on strike action over concerns about the closure of the majority of police control rooms.

Ms McInnes said:

"This unprecedented breakdown in relations is a stark reminder of the corrosive impact centralising police reforms have had on the morale of police staff.

"The SNP's rushed reforms and unrealistic savings targets mean the majority of police control rooms will close. Scores of police counters have closed their doors to the public and police staff are being handed compulsory redundancies in all but name.

"As Police Scotland moves towards an enforcement-led mode of policy civilian staff are feeling increasingly undervalued.

"The Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland have clearly failed to recognise the depth of anger and frustration amongst staff. They must do all they can to rectify that now."