Police staff in Nottinghamshire are set to participate in two days of strike action to protest cuts. Their union said that members had voted to walk out on 30 August and 2 September, as staff had been made “needlessly redundant”. The civilian staff included in the walkouts include PCSOs, custody and detention officers, and 999 control staff.
The police force had aimed to save £46 million by 2015, having eliminated 170 civilian staff jobs in the first stage of its plans. According to the force, 150 of those employees had taken voluntary redundancy.
Protests over More Job Losses
According to Unison, the union, the process is “flawed” and therefore creating some unnecessary redundancies. It said the decision to strike was made with a “heavy heart” and asked workers to “work to rule” beginning on the 31 of August and until further notice.
This is due to allegations made by the union that the force is due to cut hundreds more jobs. However, the police force has said no decisions on future cuts had yet been made and argued that the union was “scaremongering” after having agreed to the restructuring last October. The force claimed that making changes now to any plans would be unfair on staff.
Police Force Disagree
Ian Ackerley, Assistant Chief Constable, said, “We are extremely disappointed it has come to this as we believe industrial action will not benefit police staff, the organisation or ultimately, the public of Nottinghamshire.”
Nottinghamshire Police has around 1,750 civilian staff and has promised to do its best to carry on quick responses to 999 calls despite workers going on strike.
The cuts have been planned due to reductions in government funding, which will continue throughout the next four years. This information comes two weeks after the major disruptions seen across the country, where cuts to police staff had been criticized. While the government maintained that the only cuts would be to civilian staff, it likely underestimated the amount of impact this would have on processes such as 999 calls.
The government came under criticism for the police cuts, following the riots, and has not yet said whether it will review the policy.