Unite the union has given Police Scotland a deadline to start meaningful national negotiations on the pay and conditions of civilian staff.
Unite representatives attended the national Joint Negotiation & Consultative Committee (JNCC) today (Thursday 12 January) after members voted by 88% to reject a 1 per cent pay offer.
But Police Scotland refused to discuss the decision at the JNCC, insisted that it first go to the Scottish Police Authority’s Human Resources and Remuneration Committee on 7 February.
Unite has now given management a deadline of 12 noon on Monday 16 January to start negotiations.
Unite regional officer Norman King said: “This is completely unacceptable. If Police Scotland don’t meet this deadline, we have told them that we are not prepared to take part in further JNCC meetings, and that we will go back to our members to get their advice on how to proceed. There is now potential for a nationwide ballot on industrial action.
“Justice secretary Michael Matheson must now get involved. We are becoming increasingly concerned that Police Scotland are deliberately trying to engineer industrial action in order to push forward an agenda for the privatisation of civilian support services.
“Scottish ministers have to make their position clear. Do they want Police Scotland to start meaningful negotiations through the JNCC, or are they happy to allow management to ignore the hard-working staff who provide essential support to policing in Scotland?”
The JNCC brings together Police Scotland management with the three trade unions who represent civilian staff - Unite, Unison and the GMB.
This is the second JNCC meeting that has been thrown into chaos. In November, the unions did not attend a JNCC meeting, after Police Scotland said they were not in a position to negotiate.
Unite members work in civilian posts across Police Scotland, including fleet services, clerical administration, police custody, forensics and call centres.
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For further information or to arrange an interview contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.