Police workers shock at redundancy threat

First published in News

CIVILIAN police workers have reacted with shock and anger at receiving notices warning their jobs are at risk of redundancy.

Durham Police issued letters and emails to its entire 1,160-strong civilian workforce on Friday, including police community support officers, advising that their posts are being considered for redundancy, as a result of cutbacks, and that the 90-day statutory consultation period had started.

One worker, who did not want to be named, said many workers found out about the redundancies on the news.

She said the notice stated everything possible had been done to try and save money, even down to improving energy efficiency, but ultimately there had been no choice but to consider job cuts.

She added: "I can say, hand on heart, that the union (UNISON) are doing as much as they can to help and this gives us some comfort.

"We had heard there was a possibility of cuts on the horizon but the shock was still horrendous.

"There are a lot of mixed feelings around at the moment and a lot of staff are really on rock bottom."

An unnamed PCSO added: "Police officers are safe in their jobs, but PCSOs who walk the streets showing the public that a police presence is there are facing the prospect of losing theirs.

"Some officers on the top salaries for time-served a PC have not been out on the streets for years, yet they are safe in the knowledge that their job is safe. To me, that does not make sense."

It is the first time there has ever been compulsory redundancies within the Durham Police force.

Arthur Dickinson, UNISON branch secretary, said the job losses were a direct result of Government cuts and will undermine front-line policing.

He added: "There is a lot of fear and uncertainty over numbers, but the 90-day consultation suggests that the force are looking to axe more than 100 jobs.

"Any redundancies will have a major impact on the quality of policing in Durham.

"We will be holding meetings with members to discuss the notices and with management at the earliest opportunity"

Meanwhile, Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, said: "I have every sympathy with police staff and understand their concerns regarding the security of their jobs.

"Sadly, the likelihood of future reductions in the amount of Government grant the constabulary receives has left us with no alternative but to consider compulsory redundancies.

"Staff can be assured we will be working with the police authority, trade unions and our health and welfare teams to support them to the best of our ability during what will understandably be a worrying period of time."

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8:32pm Mon 26 Jul 10

billysaid says...

no need to worry !!. when you end up on job seekers allowance or similar,,the crazy staff at the job centre will say to you,,oh there's plenty of jobs out there if you look. while they sit drinking coffee and talking all day. the cuts should start with them next,i hope. oh,and now i see they are paying a private firn called TNG to do the same job they should be doing !,,so paying two people to do ones job. and a private company at that. fact.
no need to worry !!. when you end up on job seekers allowance or similar,,the crazy staff at the job centre will say to you,,oh there's plenty of jobs out there if you look. while they sit drinking coffee and talking all day. the cuts should start with them next,i hope. oh,and now i see they are paying a private firn called TNG to do the same job they should be doing !,,so paying two people to do ones job. and a private company at that. fact. billysaid
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8:47pm Mon 26 Jul 10

abc4295 says...

It’s true, a lot of loyal and good staff found out on the news, a disgrace, investors in people, really.
It’s true, a lot of loyal and good staff found out on the news, a disgrace, investors in people, really. abc4295
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10:25pm Mon 26 Jul 10

Duncan23 says...

I think anyone in the public sector who thinks this is a surprise must gave been living on the Moon for the last 12 months. Did you not notice who won the election! What you've got here is a load of people who honestly didn't think that it would ever happen to them. Then when it dawns on them they're in shock. Well I've been made redundant and I can tell you that when I got my next job I made certain I worked 110% to never make it happen again. Time for the gravy train to end for some I think. Rumours fly around for ages before things like this, so I honestly can't believe that in any big firm people just walked into work for this suprise. Anyhow, nobody has been made redundant, this is just the notice that it's a chance. I say get rid of the ones that don't want to work and feel shock and anger. Plenty of people out there who could do a good job just as well, after the private sector has shed loads of jobs. Makes a nice news story though to quote a load of anonymous sources and claim shock and anger.
I think anyone in the public sector who thinks this is a surprise must gave been living on the Moon for the last 12 months. Did you not notice who won the election! What you've got here is a load of people who honestly didn't think that it would ever happen to them. Then when it dawns on them they're in shock. Well I've been made redundant and I can tell you that when I got my next job I made certain I worked 110% to never make it happen again. Time for the gravy train to end for some I think. Rumours fly around for ages before things like this, so I honestly can't believe that in any big firm people just walked into work for this suprise. Anyhow, nobody has been made redundant, this is just the notice that it's a chance. I say get rid of the ones that don't want to work and feel shock and anger. Plenty of people out there who could do a good job just as well, after the private sector has shed loads of jobs. Makes a nice news story though to quote a load of anonymous sources and claim shock and anger. Duncan23
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10:34pm Mon 26 Jul 10

Mike the bike says...

Sorry mate Id rather call Ghostbusters before calling a PCSO. Dont want my taxes spent on them. Nowt will happen anyway its all scare stories.
Sorry mate Id rather call Ghostbusters before calling a PCSO. Dont want my taxes spent on them. Nowt will happen anyway its all scare stories. Mike the bike
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10:49pm Mon 26 Jul 10

Daza says...

Yes, the Labour Govt. would have had to make cuts if they had got back in. But not on this scale!

No One can blame The Chief Constable for this. Blame the Torys, and EVERYBODY was warned!

This is just the start as well.
Yes, the Labour Govt. would have had to make cuts if they had got back in. But not on this scale! No One can blame The Chief Constable for this. Blame the Torys, and EVERYBODY was warned! This is just the start as well. Daza
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11:02pm Mon 26 Jul 10

Jolly Roger says...

Well if they give jobs to the boys what do you expect, the police retire at 55 and get a penion and then go straight back into the offices as cilivian workers getting pay again by us the tax payers.

The eople wo work in the private sector have been on redunancy for years so now it is the turn of the public sector which we cannot afford to keep pouring money into to keep them wworking and on good pensions.
Well if they give jobs to the boys what do you expect, the police retire at 55 and get a penion and then go straight back into the offices as cilivian workers getting pay again by us the tax payers. The eople wo work in the private sector have been on redunancy for years so now it is the turn of the public sector which we cannot afford to keep pouring money into to keep them wworking and on good pensions. Jolly Roger
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12:00am Tue 27 Jul 10

tubbytata says...

well well well or should i say hello hello hello, this is just the start, the council next. were going back to the thatcher years, who ever voted for the conservatives should be ashamed. wait till next year and the budget, mark my words
well well well or should i say hello hello hello, this is just the start, the council next. were going back to the thatcher years, who ever voted for the conservatives should be ashamed. wait till next year and the budget, mark my words tubbytata
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12:28am Tue 27 Jul 10

PJ Chingford says...

Billysaid makes a good point, I was made redundant at the end of March, I have been looking for work ever since but the job centre acknowlege it is unlikley they will be able to find me a job given the specialised nature of may work, I have just passed the dreaded 13 week mark and seemed to go from "customer" to "idle lay-about" overnight and I was instructed to attend an interview with an "advisor"to review my position. It was a strange meeting, I showed the advisor all the research I have done, agencies registrered with etc and explained the 8 jobs I applied for and the 4 interviews I have had, I though I had done quite well BUT I was forced to pick three other areas of work I would be prepared to do and she came up with; data input clerk, general admin and some spuriuos property category, the end result was I was compulsorily required to apply for a job answering the phone and filing with a building firm on minimum wage ( I have 25 years experience in my profession and it was obvious I would not be interviewed for that position. To add insult to injury they extend your "area of travel" to 1-1/2 hours buy public transport, so you could could end up travelling 3 hours a day!. Pleasant though many of the staff are, this service is not really about helping me and those like me find work appropriate skills and experience, it's about getting me any job, even on minimum wage, to get me off their statistics, very disillusioned with the whole service.
Billysaid makes a good point, I was made redundant at the end of March, I have been looking for work ever since but the job centre acknowlege it is unlikley they will be able to find me a job given the specialised nature of may work, I have just passed the dreaded 13 week mark and seemed to go from "customer" to "idle lay-about" overnight and I was instructed to attend an interview with an "advisor"to review my position. It was a strange meeting, I showed the advisor all the research I have done, agencies registrered with etc and explained the 8 jobs I applied for and the 4 interviews I have had, I though I had done quite well BUT I was forced to pick three other areas of work I would be prepared to do and she came up with; data input clerk, general admin and some spuriuos property category, the end result was I was compulsorily required to apply for a job answering the phone and filing with a building firm on minimum wage ( I have 25 years experience in my profession and it was obvious I would not be interviewed for that position. To add insult to injury they extend your "area of travel" to 1-1/2 hours buy public transport, so you could could end up travelling 3 hours a day!. Pleasant though many of the staff are, this service is not really about helping me and those like me find work appropriate skills and experience, it's about getting me any job, even on minimum wage, to get me off their statistics, very disillusioned with the whole service. PJ Chingford
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2:42pm Tue 27 Jul 10

*shakes head slowly* says...

Is anyone feeling the benefit of the unelected coalition's policies yet?
Is anyone feeling the benefit of the unelected coalition's policies yet? *shakes head slowly*
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6:54pm Tue 27 Jul 10

Assurance says...

Well now SHS...where were you when the general election happened?
The 'coalition' was formed because Labour did not win like they expected to, and no self-respecting Liberal candidate could possibly have taken sides with New,New and New again Labour.
New, New, New New Labour committed political suicide the day they backed Tony to takes us to war.
Well now SHS...where were you when the general election happened? The 'coalition' was formed because Labour did not win like they expected to, and no self-respecting Liberal candidate could possibly have taken sides with New,New and New again Labour. New, New, New New Labour committed political suicide the day they backed Tony to takes us to war. Assurance
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11:29pm Wed 28 Jul 10

Oldharleyman says...

Well come the collapse of the coalition, in my view, the LibDem supporters will vote Labour to ensure the Tories do not get back in, its a win win for Labour, so lets just let them mess things up for a while:)
Well come the collapse of the coalition, in my view, the LibDem supporters will vote Labour to ensure the Tories do not get back in, its a win win for Labour, so lets just let them mess things up for a while:) Oldharleyman
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