Support staff start work to rule

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POLICE support staff in Nottinghamshire are to take further industrial action following a one day walk-out.

Civilian staff at Nottinghamshire Police staged a 24-hour strike yesterday in protest at cost-cutting measures.

Among those taking part are PCSOs, custody and detention officers, front counter and 999 control centre staff.

Unison has criticised the force’s restructuring plans accusing it of making staff “needlessly redundant”. Members are now set to stage a work-to-rule from today.

The union says the decision to strike was taken “with a heavy heart” and claims the cuts will see “up to a further 746 police staff jobs at risk of redundancy”.

Regional organiser Roger Young said: “It’s not about the redundancies in themselves, it’s the way they’re doing it. We feel they’re wasting resources and potentially identifying people to be made redundant who otherwise would not be so.”

The first stage of restructuring has already been completed with up to 170 civilian staff jobs lost, though more than 150 are said to have been achieved voluntarily.

The force needs to cut £46m by 2015, and has accused the union of scaremongering.