August 30th, 2011

Tied in Notts

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Up the workers.

Control room staff in Nottinghamshire went on strike today, along with other Unison staff which included PCSOs, call handlers, custody staff and administrators. The force had to draft in police officers to answer the calls and do all the donkey work on the radios. I was reminded by the lad in the school yard who gets punched in the mouth but stands there with a quivering lip saying ‘it didn;t hurt’ and then cries behind the bike sheds when the force said the strike was not having a major impact on their ability to deliver a top quality service.

Lets see if they are still saying that after a few more strikes, another is planned for Friday.

One hundred support staff have already lost their jobs in Nottinghamshire with more cuts planned.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley said: “We had asked Unison to allow our control room staff to be exempt from industrial action due to the critical nature of the work they do. They would not agree to that. Consequently we have put police officers into that role.”

I’m guessing that had the control room staff not been on strike today then all those police officers who had to man the desks could have been out on the street attending to burglaries and speaking to people who deserved to see a police officer today. But it’s OK ‘cos it had little effect on policing in the area.

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  1. Buffy says:

    Our force was about a week away from a control room strike some years ago.

    There is always of talk of bringing back PC’s who used to be in the control room back to the job, or drafting in people with no experience.

    I would like to be a fly on the wall because taking the phone is a very small part of the job, its a very IT dependant job which takes 16 weeks to train and 6 months to mentor, I’m not sure how someone in off the street would get on. I’d bet there will be high stress levels kicking around at the moment.

    August 31st, 2011 at 13:05

  2. Ted says:

    AS a former controller I would say there is no way the job can be done without a good deal of training. Taking cops with no control room experience off the street and giving them a crash course won’t do. My former farce had a control room strike. We survived because they still employed some cops in the control room as well and they drafted in cops with contro room experience. The more you civilianize the less experienced cops you have. The other factor was that a substantial number of staff were not in the union and as well as working their shift did over time. The cops were of course all put on 12 hour shifts.

    August 31st, 2011 at 16:46

  3. Tony F says:

    Sticking plaster, anyone?

    August 31st, 2011 at 19:09

  4. Lilly lady says:

    After all the stick police staff get from police officers it is ironic that they are the only ones able to take direct action and maybe help stop the cuts going ahead!

    September 1st, 2011 at 00:56

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