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Cortes backs Scottish Labour calls for statement from SNP on BTP merger

4 September 2018

Manuel Cortes today added his voice to calls from Scottish Labour for an emergency statement from the SNP on plans for the future of the merger between British Transport Police and Police Scotland.

Cortes said “We support Scottish Labour’s call for an emergency statement from Humza Yousaf. Our members have been left in limbo about what their future holds for far too long.
It’s not fair on them. This disaster of a merger is generating huge anxiety as it has been going on for years.

"TSSA has been warning from the very start that this was a bad idea and Humza Yousaf’s decision last week to pause the merger again was a welcome one. But our members need to know now what the future holds. Another lengthy re-examination period is in no-one’s interests.”

In light of the growing confusion around the state of the merger, Scottish Labour demanded an urgent statement outlining exactly what the SNP government “re-examining” the merger will involve.

Scottish Labour’s Justice spokesperson Daniel Johnson MSP said:

“The summer recess has seen a series of damning revelations about the state of the SNP’s plans to merge the British Transport Police with Police Scotland.

“Not only are Police Scotland themselves now saying they have no idea when such a merger could ever happen, but the SNP itself has admitted it needs to rethink its plans.

“The SNP’s ill-conceived and ideologically driven merger has been opposed by trade unions, academics and officers themselves. The SNP must immediately ditch this plan and work with others to come up with a viable, long-term solution.

“As a first step, SNP Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf must deliver a statement to parliament fully explaining what his planned ‘re-examination’ of the merger will entail.”

Notes to Editors

TSSA represents civilian staff in BTP and has been at the forefront of public and political campaign to end the merger proposals.

TSSA submitted an 11k petition to Holyrood last October which was signed by Jeremy Corbyn and Andy McDonald

TSSA also coordinated political campaigning with Scottish labour, Scottish Tory MPs and Scottish Lords at Westminster

Amongst the civilian jobs carried out in BTP and represented by the TSSA are: Scenes of Crime Officer, Vulnerable Person Coordinator, Crime Prevention Design Advisor, Career Development and Talent Management Advisor, Crime and Justice Unit Manager, Crime Analysis Manager Case Progress Officer, Intelligence Unit Researcher.

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