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Rennie writes to SPA and Justice Secretary over police call centre pay and conditions

February 13, 2019 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, the Justice Secretary and the Chief Constable about proposed changes to staff pay and conditions at Police Scotland call centres which he warned would "further threaten the stability and morale of the service centres".

Meeting with call centre staff this week, Mr Rennie was warned that morale is "at rock bottom" as the result of the proposed changes and the rushed centralisation of the service centres. The proposal will mean a significant reduction in the shift allowances for back and night shift staff which could amount to several thousand pounds a year loss in salary.

Commenting on the letter, Mr Rennie said:

"Call centre staff have undergone considerable upheaval since the rushed centralisation of the service centres. These proposals will further threaten the stability and morale of staff.

"The deal on the table for call centre staff is a poor one and skilled staff may be lost to the service all together if the proposed changes go ahead.

"I hope that the Scottish Police Authority and the government will negotiate for additional funds to enable an adequate deal to be agreed."