16 January 2017
DUP Policing Board member Keith Buchanan has requested a meeting with the PSNI to discuss concerns about cuts to the working hours for those working as cleaners within PSNI stations. Following a retendering process the contract for the work moved to a new company, and information has been provided showing proposals to cut the total hours across the contract by over 20%, with some staff hours reduced by around 50%.
The Mid Ulster MLA said, “These reductions, if correct, would have a substantial impact on the income of workers who are on minimum wage. Whilst there is an obvious focus on the company who are now in charge of the contract, the PSNI should also answer questions about how the tender was assessed and whether the service can be adequately provided under the successful bid.
Given how quickly these changes have been introduced following the retendering process there is a very obvious concern that a low bid was accepted that could not allow the service to be delivered at the same levels.
I have requested a meeting with representatives from the PSNI to discuss these concerns. Those civilian staff who operate in police stations must be treated with respect, particularly given the circumstances of Northern Ireland and the threat which exists around policing here.”