Bert Moffat wrote:What sort of support staff roles have been made redundant arthur?
Hi Bert. My Force is probably one of the least affected in that we've planned ahead since the global recession started. nevertheless, the sheer scale of the cuts required and the short period in which they must be achieved have made things difficult.
Each area of the business is undergoing a "rationalisation process" to identify jobs that can be shed. There is then a process that includes PDR records and interviews that singles out the individuals who will go (voluntary redundancies are considered). These individuals may have a slight chance of being re-employed in other vacant positions if they have transferable skills, but there isn't much recruiting of course. One of our Unison Reps is involved in the process in each business area to ensure that there is no breach of protocol by Management, and we have been able to provide some free training in CV writing and interview skills for our members who have lost their jobs.
To answer your specific question; no-one is safe. Fingerprints, custody, SOCO, front Desk, Criminal Justice, Control Room, training, Stats, Crime Prevention, Casualty Reduction Unit, Human Resources... the list goes on.
I'm afraid that I don't have a figure for the number of Police Staff who have lost their jobs - the process is a continuing one, but it's dozens and dozens, and we're a relatively small Force.
But it's worse than that. Every partner agency that I deal with is shedding jobs. For a quick example, I attended a multi-agency meeting at my local secondary school yesterday to discuss the behaviour of some students in order to get some support in place for them and their families. Not only is there very little cash to provide alternative education options, some of those problem students already placed in specialist provision are to be returned to mainstream education because of cuts in funding. Teaching staff are horrified, because these students are extremely disruptive. And worse than that, some teaching staff are facing compulsory redundancy because the school budget is in deficit.
We're not just marching for selfish reasons to "protect our own", we're protesting to try and make the government see that it's the weak, vulberable and poor who are most affected by these savage cuts.
Will you be there to stand alongside us Bert?