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from falkor 21.5.09
I have been a member of UNISON since 2006. I feel extremely well supported in my job having UNISON support. I regularly hear from my rep and in time of need my rep bent over backwards to make sure that I was happy, that my problems were ironed out and that I was kept informed.

I recommend UNISON totally. I heard from one PCSO the other day "Oh I wish I could afford it." The price of being a UNISON member is less than a trip down to the pub - so please click on the TIGERS icon and join right now. IT'S YOUR UNION

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Since 2002 when PCSOs launched, many articles have been written on the subject of PCSOs by people who "know better"

Some profess to lay "expert opinion" on the line, on what PCSOs do or don't do

Many such articles are so one sided - but WHO is there to redress the PCSO position?

Just recently UNISON's Police Staff National Officer, has sent to the Editor of the Sun Newspaper a letter, following an anti PCSO article written by Jon Gaunt (RIGHT).

It's good to know that UNISON pay attention to what is said about PCSOs in the press. If not UNISON, then WHO?

show hosted by Jon Gaunt
The Sun
1 Virginia Street
Wapping
London
E98 1SN
Dear Editor,

Jon Gaunt doesn’t let the facts get in the way of an anti-PCSO rant (Fri 15 May). He knows that PCSOs are not replacement bobbies. They have a different, supportive role. That is why they do not have the full powers of a police officer.

The presence of PCSOs prevents crime, helps the public and tackles anti-social behaviour. They are a welcome addition to any police force and allow officers to get on with the job of fighting and solving crime.

It is true that some police officers have never accepted PCSOs. But those police officers and Jon Gaunt are out of step with public opinion. The Casey review, an independent review of policing showed very positive support from the public for PCSOs. And our PCSO members tell us that the majority of police officers are very pleased to have them at their side.

Yours Sincerely,

Ben Priestley
UNISON National officer for PCSOs

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from Arthur ASCII 22.5.09
I'm a Senior Steward for the Northamptonshire Police Branch of Unison.

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Every member of UNISON belongs to a local branch which is made up of people working for the same employer.

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from Arthur ASCII 22.5.09
If you have a problem, talk to your local steward. If they can't handle the problem on their own, they can talk to other branch officers or full - time union experts on your behalf.

Anyone can face problems at work sometimes but if you are a member of UNISON, you don't have to face them alone. We can provide advice or representation on things like pay, rotas, leave and sickness procedures. We are also there to help you make sure your workplace is healthy and safe, support you in case of disciplinary action, dismissals or redundancy.

Most people join a union because they want protection at work - help with pay and conditions of service, legal or health and safety advice or representation in case things go wrong at work. That's what we're here for. UNISON negotiates on pay and working conditions at every level - local, regional and national.

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