Police Officers on the march
Police officers will descend on London en masse to protest against cuts in policing and the unreasonable reforms of police pay and conditions contained within the Winsor review. This is an unprecedented protest from the rank and file Police Officers who are saying enough is enough.
The 20% cuts in Police budgets with the threat of more to come, have seen Police officer and police Staff numbers shrink considerably. With forces asking more and more for less from their Officers and Staff, we are all starting to feel the strain.
UNISON believes that these cuts are are more about ideology than austerity, with the government putting pressure on forces to outsource core services. 42 of the 43 forces in England and Wales have been added to the West Midlands and Surrey outsourcing tender document that potentially puts a very lucrative £3.5 billion pounds of tax payers money into the hands of for profit companies.
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis has written to the Police Federation pledging UNISON support for the march, a sentiment that is echoed by Police Staff in Leicestershire.
We hope the ConDem government will pay attention to our Police Officer colleagues tomorrow and take note of the strength of feeling from those who serve the public without fear or favour.
To all Police Officer colleagues marching tomorrow, we offer you best wishes and success.
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