Union welcomes the news that helicopter engineering staff will not be outourced to the private sector

Police helicopterProspect has welcomed the Metropolitan Police management board’s decision not to privatise its air support unit.

The police had planned to transfer its air support unit to a national service run by West Yorkshire Constabulary, which would have led to the helicopter engineering staff being outsourced to the private sector.

The union raised concerns over the proposed transfer with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in October.

Prospect national secretary David Luxton said: “The decision has come as a relief to the engineering support staff who had been facing considerable uncertainty over the past 18 months over job security, site location and pension provision.

“The air support unit is an integrated professional service that provides an essential capability for policing in the capital that would have been diminished had the transfer taken place”.


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