Trade union recognition

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Dear Devon and Cornwall Police Authority,

Please can you tell me which trade unions do you have formal recognition agreements with?

Yours faithfully,

S Griffin

Devon and Cornwall Police Authority

Dear Sir / Madam

Thank you for your request.
I wish first to provide some information about our organisation which will help to explain the response.

Police Authorities are separate organisations to Police Forces. The Devon & Cornwall Police Authority is responsible for securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police service for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Police Authorities set the strategic direction to ensure the provision of effective and efficient policing and consult
with the public on policing matters. It is the Chief Constable of the Police Force who is responsible for the operational effectiveness of their Force. For this reason, police staff are under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.

In terms of trade unions therefore, it is the Police Force that has active relationships with unions.

The Police formally recognise UNISON, GMB, and Unite. They also have formal meetings quarterly with the TUs (Joint Consultative Committee or JCC representing police staff) and also have a more 'informal' Partnership Group meeting which takes place weekly. The Police Authority does send a representative observer to these meetings of the joint consultative committee.

The Police Federation and Superintendents Association also have statutory recognition and the Police meet with them quarterly at a Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee (JNCC representing police officers). This group also attend the Force's weekly Partnership Group.

I hope that the above provides the answer to your question.

Kind regards,

Eleanor Tanner
Office Manager
Devon & Cornwall Police Authority

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